STILLWATER – Mike Gundy’s search for a new offensive coordinator may end swiftly, with a report that former Missouri coordinator Dave Yost has been offered the job.
That news comes from Dave Matter of the Columbia Daily Tribune, citing an unnamed source, who reported the apparent offer to Yost in a Wednesday blog post.
OSU’s coordinator spot became vacant when Todd Monken left to take the head coaching job at Southern Miss.
Yost spent 12 seasons on the Tigers staff before resigning following a season in which Mizzou finished 5-7 in its first year in the SEC, struggling to overcome injuries on offense that included quarterback James Franklin.
Previously at Mizzou, Yost consistently produced productive offenses, with the 2012 version the first since 2004 not to average more than 400 yards per game.
Yost also coached three quarterbacks – Chase Daniel, Blaine Gabbert and Brad Smith – who combined to earn 12 All-Big 12 honors. Daniel was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2007. Smith became the first quarterback in FBS history to throw for more than 8,000 yards and run for 4,000 in a career. Gabbert became a first round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2011 NFL Draft.
There is familiarity between Yost and Gundy, with the OSU and Mizzou staffs among those who gathered at Northwestern last winter to exchange ideas on the spread offense. Matter reports that the two staffs also spent time together in Columbia sharing thoughts on that topic.
After leaving Mizzou, Yost said in a statement:
“There are a lot of factors that played into the process of coming to my decision. I feel like I’ve had a great run here and that it’s just the right time to turn it over to someone else. On one hand, it’s a really hard decision to make, but on the other hand, I feel good that it’s the right decision at the right time for me.”
In other news involving OSU from Matter’s blog post, Monken may be trying to hire former Cowboys player and assistant coach Josh Henson as his offensive coordinator at Southern Miss. Monken and Henson worked together at OSU under Les Miles and both followed Miles to LSU.