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Mike Gundy explains what he likes in Mike Yurcich
Considering who held the position previously, Mike Gundy's offensive coordinator opening was one mof the most anticipated non-head coaching hirings this offseason.
A brief synopsis: current North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora was Oklahoma State's offensive coordinator from 2005-07. Dana Holgorsen was the Cowboys' offensive coordinator in 2010 before becoming the head coach at West Virginia. His replacement, Todd Monken, took the head coaching job at Southern Miss in December.
Each of those coaches had big-time experience before arriving in Stillwater: Fedora had 15 years experience in FBS, the last three at Florida; Holgorsen had been an offensive coordinator at Texas Tech and Houston, and Monken had a decade and a half in FBS and four years with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
That's why it was such a stunner when Gundy announced that Mike Yurcich, from Division II Shippensburg University and just two years of FBS experience under his belt.
It turns out the success of his predecessors had a hand in Gundy going off the radar to hire Yurcich. Gundy looked for someone to run a system that has been so successful in his time in Stillwater, and he believes he found that in Yurcich, who ran Division II's top-ranked offense in 2012.
“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 said in the interview with Sirius XM. “It’s a 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."
Yurcich inherits an offense that returns three quarterbacks who each threw more than 130 passes this fall, four of its top five pass catchers and loses only three members of its two deep on the offensive line.
“I would rather hire a coach that’s willing to come in and learn our system and continue to teach it," Gundy concluded. "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.”