Bill Young says OSU offense, age helped cost him job
Posted by: Josh Kendall on January 11, 2013
Defenses, and hence defensive coordinators, have "no chance" when their offense runs a very fast-paced style, former Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Bill Young says.
"In a hurry, hurry, hurry offense, you just play too many snaps," Young told the Tulsa World.
Young's thought is supported by CoachingSearch.com research that showed that of the top 25 teams in offensive plays this season, only one, Tulsa, won its conference outright. UCLA won its division. Marshall led the nation with 91 snaps per game and dismissed defensive coordinator Chris Rippon after the season.
Oklahoma State, which led the nation in takeaways in 2011, was on the field 1,089 snaps this season. It gave up 92 points and 1,233 yard to Baylor and Oklahoma at the end of the regular season.
Young was dismissed by the Cowboys this week but the decision was made almost a year ago, Young told the newspaper. At that time, Young and Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy had a talk about his future and his age.
Gundy told Young that "I was the face of the defense, and he thought my age would hurt recruiting and he thought players wouldn't play for me," Young said.
Young disagreed and the coaches agreed 2012 would be his final season, Young said.
"We had a good discussion," Young said. "I told him if he wouldn't mind, please don't put this (information) out there until I have time to finish the season and look for a new job. He agreed to that. He was very accommodating and was trying to help. It's easier to get a job in this business if you have got one.
"I'm not retiring. I'm not a quitter. I feel like I can coach several more years."
Josh Kendall is a staff writer for CoachingSearch.com and has covered the SEC for more than 15 years for papers such as the Athens Banner-Herald, Macon Telegraph, and The State. He’s the father of two boys who he’s hoping don’t inherit his wide receiver frame and offensive guard feet. Follow @EyeOnCoaches on twitter and send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org