By Jason Elmquist
STILLWATER, Okla. —
There was plenty of head scratching when Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy named Mike Yurcich his newest offensive coordinator — the program’s fourth since 2008.
After all, the program, which was just a year removed from a Big 12 Conference championship and a BCS bowl victory, would have had a long list of candidates lining up to take over the potent offense.
Instead, Gundy went with Yurcich, a Division II coordinator with no previous experience coaching at the Football Bowl Subdivision — aside from a two-year stint as a graduate assistant at Indiana. But Gundy had no trouble pulling the trigger on a Division II coordinator — especially when looking at the stats.
Last year at Shippensburg (Pa.), Yurcich’s offense led the division in offense with 529.92 yards per game, which translated into the second-best scoring offense at 46.85 points per contest.
“We wanted a play-caller with quarterback experience who played and coached the position,” Gundy said at his annual media golf outing Thursday at Karsten Creek. “It was really a good fit for us, and I really liked his personality when I met with him.”
Gundy said Monday at the Big 12 Football Media Days in Dallas that even though his new offensive coordinator doesn’t have the experience at the Division I level, he has no plans to take a more hands-on approach with the offense.
“I have a lot of confidence in the coaches on our staff and the decisions they make, and at the end of the day, they’re the ones that have to instill it in the players in meetings and get it across to them on the practice field,” Gundy said.
As for now, Yurcich is just ready to get his players back into Stillwater to prepare for the upcoming season. The OSU players are due to report back to Oklahoma State on Aug. 1.
“I’m anxious this time of year, every year. It’s a week away now and I’m really just chomping at the bit,” Yurcich said. “I can’t wait to hit the practice field and just coach them up.”