Yurcich: Sacrifice your ego for offensive efficiency
Based on the previous success of Oklahoma State offenses and their ability to move coordinators into head coaching positions, it's safe to say that new Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich will be one of the most closely watched first year coordinators of the 2013 season. Combine that with the fact that he led one of the most prolific offenses in the country last season at D-II Shippensburg and tutored the Harlon Hill trophy winner (think D-II Heisman) and you've got a coach that's got every reason to have an inflated ego...but that's not how Yurcich operates.
During a recent interview with Berry Tramel of NewsOK, Yurcich was asked about being the current torch carrier for all former lower division coaches that are now coaching at the major college level. Yurcich responded by saying that he hadn't gotten that sentiment from the coaches he's visited with since being in Stillwater, and is mature enough to recognize that there are quality coaches at all levels. Then he said something worth sharing with all coaches.
“I don’t think you can ever think that you’ve arrived. I told my wife, me getting the job, it’s great, but having success is really important. Getting here, that’s the little thing. The big thing is what I do from here on out and how effective we are as an offense from here on out at Oklahoma State."
“I don’t want to take too much stock in thinking about, ‘well here’s where I came from,’ and assess all that. That’s not my job. That doesn’t concern me anymore."
Yurcich went on to add that he hasn't made a whole lot of changes from a schematic standpoint just yet, but has found other ways to make his mark in the offensive meeting room and on the field. Some of those things include his eye for breaking down tape and how he communicates with the quarterbacks. Oklahoma State's offense is a perfect example of "if it's not broke, don't fix it".
“It’s hard to imprint when you’re averaging the statistics that we have and you’re dealing with a bunch of guys that really understand the scheme. The justification of imprinting something new may satisfy the ego, but how efficient does it make us on offense is the question?" Yurcich explained.
“So that’s not important to me. What’s important to me, every offense is going to be a little different. I don’t care who’s coaching the offense. From year to year, it’s going to get tweaked annually, whether it’s naturally, or personnel. 2010 wasn’t exactly the same as 2011, and 2011 wasn’t like exactly the same as 2012, and 2012’s not going to be exactly the same as 2013. It evolves, probably more from a personnel standpoint. Sometimes it’s input from your players, how they see things and what’s beneficial to them. To put them in the best situation possible.”
Excellent point. Read more material from the cutting room floor of Tramel's interview with Yurcich here.