In December, it was reported that Bill Young was hired as SMU’s defensive line coach. On Monday, he was officially announced as a new member of Chad Morris‘ new Mustang staff. Four days later? Yeah, he gone.
In a press release that doesn’t mention his very brief stint at SMU, Tulsa announced that new head coach Philip Montgomery has hired Young to be his defensive coordinator. The 68-year-old Young spent the 2014 season as the head coach at an Oklahoma high school.
This is a homecoming of sorts as Young served as the Golden Hurricane’s coordinator in 1983-84
“Bill brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience to our program,” said Montgomery in a statement. “He has a lot of passion about what he does, how he does it and the way he handles young men. Bill has put together top-20 defenses many years as a defensive coordinator. He brings a lot of credibility to what we’ll be doing on that side of the football. Bill and I have gone against each other on several different occasions. He’s always been very sound in what he does.
“Bill has coached in some leagues that will help prepare us for the type of offenses that we’ll face in the American Athletic Conference – up tempo, spread you out and throw the football down the field, but still running it. The knowledge that he brings will allow us to always be prepared and be very sound defensively.”
Despite “coming” from the high school ranks, Young has a wealth of collegiate experience.
In a span of 20 years, Young served as the defensive coordinator at seven different FBS programs. Including his first stint at Tulsa, those seven include Oklahoma State (2009-12), Miami of Florida (2008), Kansas (2002), USC (1998-2000), Oklahoma (1996-97) and Ohio State (1988-95).
Following the 2011 season, Young and OSU head coach Mike Gundy met and agreed that, because of philosophical differences, the 2012 season would be his last with the Cowboys. He subsequently left that program in January of 2013.
Incidentally, only Young and Larry Coker can make the claim that they’ve been the coordinators at Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Tulsa.