Oklahoma State’s new defensive coordinator is known for his disciplined style, but Bill Young isn’t entirely straight-laced. The former Cowboy brings a dry sense of humor back to his alma mater. Jenni Carlson: You recently said something about being "in the twilight of a very mediocre career.” True? Bill Young: I was joking. Merv Johnson told me that when I was at Oklahoma. I stole that from him. JC: You’re not to the end of your career, right? BY: I’m not even close, I hope. I’m as energetic and feel as good as I did 20 years ago. I really and truly am a better coach than I was last week. Every day you learn something more. I think experience is hard to replace. JC: Now, there’s another quote of yours I have to ask about. You said of your college days that you were "the smallest defensive end in the Big Eight and the worst.” BY: Now, that one was true. (Laughs.) JC: So, you’re not disputing that? BY: I won’t back down on that one. JC: But you had some heroics in Bedlam in ’66, right? Something about a tipped pass? BY: On a two-point play. Oklahoma ran a play action or a boot leg, and they came out in the flat, and I was able to get the tip of my finger on the ball. Willard Nahrgang was able to get in there ... and we ended up winning by one point. JC: I’m sure you wouldn’t mind a few more Bedlam wins while you’re here. BY: No, no. The funny thing about (the ’66 game) is the year before was the first time we’d beaten Oklahoma in 20 years. I was only 19 at the time, and I got a penalty late in the game that put Oklahoma back in it. So, Charlie Durkee kicked a field goal to win it and let me off the hook. JC: I’ve got to ask you about your first coaching job — OSU JV? BY: Student coach. I helped coach the offensive line, and I helped coach the defensive line. JC: Were you basically what today would be a grad assistant coach? BY: Below a GA. I was a student coach. I had a few hours to pick up to get my degree ... and there were about six or eight of us who were student coaches. Back then, the numbers were so much larger. On my freshmen team ... we had 140 players on scholarship — freshmen — and 40 walk-ons. In fact, that’s probably the reason I got here. I always tell everybody teasingly, but it’s the real truth, is that the only reason I got a scholarship here was it was the last year of the unlimited scholarship. JC: After being a student assistant, you went to Carl Albert High School. That’s a step up because you’re getting paid, right? BY: First paying job. Bought me a car and all that. I was a PE teacher, and I tease people that I taught the three Rs — roll call, roll the ball and relax — but it really wasn’t. I had a wrestling tournament. I had a volleyball tournament. I had the most elaborate PE program in the history of PE programs. (Smiles.) Want to know why Bill Young left the NFL after only one year? Check out my blog at NewsOK.com.