STILLWATER — It's been over a month since former offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen left Oklahoma State to become the head coach-in-waiting at West Virginia. Mike Gundy's timetable for hiring an offensive coordinator has left Cowboys fans asking what is taking so long.
The simple answer?
Hiring an offensive coordinator hasn't been Gundy's top priority.
Gundy's first priority was finding out if the Cowboy offense would feature Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon in 2011. If those guys had left, the offense would have changed more significantly. Since Weeden and Blackmon will return, major changes are unlikely.
But Weeden and Blackmon made their announcement 11 days ago. So why the hold up in hiring a coordinator?
“Recruiting is the priority right now,” he said. “The majority of our coaches are out recruiting. We are trying to finish up in recruiting, so recruiting is the priority.”
Running backs coach Robert Gillespie and receivers coach Gunter Brewer have also left the program since the Alamo Bowl, meaning offensive line coach Joe Wickline and inside receivers coach Doug Meacham are the lone returning offensive coaches on staff.
Those departures have put the Cowboys coaching staff in scramble mode. The remaining coaches on staff are taking on the recruiting duties of Gillespie and Brewer, so in addition to handling their normal recruiting duties, they are helping fill that void.
And, undoubtedly, Gundy is doing his best to help lessen the recruiting load on his assistant coaches.
Nonetheless, he's been steadfast in saying he's looking for the right guy, not a quick fix.