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Oklahoma State parts ways with DC after four years

Mike Gundy, Bill Young AP

Following up on a report from earlier this week via coachingsearch.com, Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Bill Young has in fact parted ways with Mike Gundy and the Cowboys.

The now-former DC (pictured left next to Gundy) confirmed the news to Jimmie Tramel of the Tulsa World. According to Young, he and Gundy met last February following the 2011 season, where a philosophical difference over Young’s future with the program resulted in the two sides agreeing that 2012 would be Young’s last year with the Pokes.

“We had a good discussion,” Young told the paper. “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.”

Where Young ends up next isn’t clear. Meanwhile, Oklahoma State has announced that linebackers coach and co-defensive Glenn Spencer would be promoted to DC.

This year, Oklahoma State ranked 82nd in yards allowed, 64th in points allowed and were among the worst in the country in pass defense. But if there was one area that had been helping the Pokes’ defense, it was the turnover margin. The Cowboys forced an NCAA-best 78 turnovers in 2010 and ’11, leading the country in the latter year with 44. This year, Oklahoma State forced just 22 turnovers all season.

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5 Responses to “Oklahoma State parts ways with DC after four years”
  1. poison66 says: Jan 10, 2013 6:01 PM

    Good riddance, this team just became a national championship contender!!

  2. dalucks says: Jan 10, 2013 6:08 PM

    Do you really have a DC when your defense gives up an average of 40 points a game?

  3. theboondoggles says: Jan 10, 2013 6:15 PM

    Maybe the corners wont give a ten yard cushion on every single play now!

  4. lfarrell2012 says: Jan 10, 2013 7:31 PM

    10 yard cushion by corners…Now I know where Joe DeForest learned the techniques he was using to get the 117th ranked defense at WVU

  5. raiderredleg says: Jan 10, 2013 9:06 PM

    Would have liked Young to have been given one more year as DC, especially with Monken moving on.

    With Gundy’s style of offense, a defense will always have bad numbers so to talk merely stats is a bit misleading.

    Hard to recruit great defensive players with an offense like Okie State. At least Young had some very talented players and brought some stability on the defensive side after Tim Beckham left.

    This year’s failures to me started back in the spring when Gundy “fell in love” with Wes Lunt’s potential and went with the true freshman verses Walsh or Chelf.

    Lunt has a great future, but either of the two other QBs would have given Okie State a better chance to win in 2012 and get into the Big 12 schedule with no losses.

    Lunt’s poor play (which is to be expected out of a true freshman) against Arizona and Kansas State directly led to those defeats.

    Anyway…2013 will be wide open in the Big 12 and just hope Gundy is focused on the task at hand. “I am 40 and I a MAN” stuff along with his pouting about non-conference scheduling (Savannah State…PLEASE), and his subsequent “no bones about it” interest in the Arkansas and Tennesee jobs, leaves me concerned that Okie State may not be as close to a consistent Big 12 Championship contender year and year out that they looked like back in 2010 and 2011.

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