Oklahoma State defensive coordinator and defensive coordinator Bill Young, who has missed the last two games recovering from a medical procedure, is expected to return to practice this week.
Over the past few weeks, Young noted that he attended staff meetings and defensive line meetings, but did not get out onto the field for practices.
Talking to the media about the Arizona game, Young noted that the staff splits personal fouls into two different groups; dumb penalties and combat penalties. Most of their personal foul penalties in their loss to Arizona, Young classified as dumb penalties.
Young said that he listened to the game on the radio with surround sound at his house, and could visualize the calls that were being made defensively.
Good footage here of Rich Rod addressing the team before and after their big win over Oklahoma State.
Rodriguez reminds the players after the game to "stay humble, and stay hungry", and of the 24 hours rule, where they have one day to celebrate the win before they move on to prepare for their next opponent, South Carolina State.
Speaking of how he has never liked how most head coaches wait until the end of the season to make a change, Bielema said, "Decisions traditionally are made at the end of the year, and it always drove me nuts. My first experience in coaching where there were some guys that really weren't where we needed to be as a staff. And it hurt everybody overall. So I always kind of said to myself, as I got older, grew into the profession, if I was ever in a position that I knew transition be needed to be made, I wasn't going to be the one that waited until it was comfortable, I was going to make the decision when it needed to be made. Panic is for the outside world. Reality is what I live in. As the head coach I'm the one responsible for everybody, every player, every coach, every family, support staff, and just felt that as head coach I've got to make some decisions once in a while that aren't going to be popular, and from the outside world looking in may not make the most sense."
Markuson, speaking on SiriusXM radio (hear the full audio at this link), was clearly frustrated (as any competitive person would be). In the interview, Markuson first vented about the lack of a passing game; but went on to explain what happened. Markuson said Bielema called him into his office yesterday afternoon after their staff meeting and explained that he was letting him go. "It was a surprise to me; but in this business you gotta anticipate anything....coaches get hired and fired it's just getting fired after two games..."
Bart Miller who will now coach the offensive line played ball under former Wisconsin offensive line coach Bob Bostad at New Mexico and is very familiar with Bostad's system and terminology. Several coaches reached out to us today to tell us that Miller is a great young coach and a great guy.
It's hard to believe that over a decade ago ago when talking about football in the state of Florida, Florida International wasn't even mentioned because they had yet to start a program.
Now, ten years later, the program is coming off back to back bowl appearances and 15 wins over the past two seasons.
Take a look back at the history of the program from its beginning, to the hiring of Mario Cristobal and the changes that they made to get them to where they are today in this well done video honoring their short and storied tradition.