When Mike Gundy named his first associate head coach since 2011 this past offseason, speculation arose as to what it would mean for receivers coach Kasey Dunn – the longest-tenured assistant on Gundy’s staff.
Well, on Monday at Karsten Creek, following the annual football media golf outing, Dunn broke down what it has entailed to date.
“It’s more speaking engagements – definitely – and it’s more conversation with Coach Gundy,” Dunn said. “I get to see a few more things behind the scenes that maybe I wasn’t privy to before. So that part of it has been great.
“... Is it more game day duties? Probably not. It’s more outside of that and just football logistics.”
But it’s not just an empty title for Dunn.
When asked if he’s hoping the new extension of his duties will lead to an opportunity as a head coach some day, he didn’t hold back.
“Absolutely, there’s no question about that,” Dunn said. “I’ve always wanted to do it, but at the same time, it’s got to be at the right time. … This is not something I want to hit the fast forward button on, I love being here in Stillwater and hopefully if that time comes it will come at the right time and I’ll make that move.”
The right time and situation was something Dunn spoke about often during his nearly 30-minute interview with members of the media.
Dunn has been linked to other vacancies during his eight years spent at Oklahoma State – most recently being the receivers coach position at Oregon this past offseason. But his family has been a big reason for his desire to stay in Stillwater.
“Like the kids, we are trying to recruit here, it’s a really good fit for the Dunn family,” he said. “Both my daughters, there’s nowhere else they really want to go. We’ve told them they can go anywhere they want in the country (for college), as long as they can get admitted – and they both decided on Oklahoma State.
“My wife loves it here, it’s country for her. She comes from a town with no stop lights, so it’s not like a Nordstroms, she’s good with Wal-Mart – and we’ve got two Wal-Marts in Stillwater. It’s good for us.”
Dunn has had an eye for recruiting and developing wide receivers at Oklahoma State, and the 2017 squad may be the best example of that.
That season, the Cowboys had two receivers eclipse 1,000 yards – Biletnikoff Award winner James Washington and Marcell Ateman – and four receivers on that roster are currently in NFL training camps – Washington, Ateman, Chris Lacy and Tyron Johnson. That team also included a freshman in Tylan Wallace who was a Biletnikoff finalist last season, and will most likely find himself in an NFL training camp soon enough after he leaves OSU.
Recruiting is something Dunn said he foresees his new job title bringing – an expansion within the program.
“I think that’s probably going to show up when we get into this recruiting class with the contact period,” the OSU associate head coach said. “I could see that coming up, definitely. If he’s out of town or needs to be two places at once, he may be like, ‘Hey, go cover this for me in West Texas.’ I could see something like that happening for sure.”