Mike Gundy: 'I'm not interested in changing plays'
Posted by: Chris Vannini on February 10, 2013
Mike Gundy was looking for something specific with his new offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach.
So while the hire of Mike Yurcich from Shippensburg University (PA) may have surprised some, it fit what Gundy wanted.
The offensive coordinator role at Oklahoma State has had a lot of turnover recently. Dana Holgorsen stayed for one year before leaving for West Virginia's head coaching job. Todd Monken stayed for two before taking the top job at Southern Miss.
The hope is likely that Yurich will bring stability, while also being able to slide into the strictly-defined role already set up by Gundy.
"I was looking for a quarterback coach that had a good relationship with his players and had good experience in the passing game, and also would come in and run our system," Gundy told SiriusXM College Sports Nation. "It's unique job here, because I believe in what we do here. I'm not interested in changing plays, I'm not interested in changing terminology. We've got 67 guys on our offense, and they all know all our plays. There's no reason to change what we do.
"I would rather hire a coach that's willing to come in and learn our system and continue to teach it. That's what we get out of Mike. He's got a great pedigree. He played the quarterback position, had success as a quarterbacks coach, receivers coach and an offensive coordinator. I feel like he's a good fit for us."
Below is audio of Gundy's interview. (Not mobile-friendly)
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