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Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy found OC through internet search

January 2, 2018 / CoachingFootball
Do the best where you are, because someone is always watching. 

Oklahoma State head football coach Mike Gundy.

That’s common rhetoric in coaching, and it turns out it might be true. In a recent interview with ESPN, Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy revealed that he discovered offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich in 2012 by doing a simple internet search for offenses that matched his preferred style of play.

At the time, Yurcich was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Division II Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. The Raiders led the nation in offense and ranked second in scoring.

From Sporting News:

After talking with the man, Gundy offered him one of the more controversial contracts in recent OSU memory. The deal was for three years at $400,000 a year. Yurcich was making $52,500 at Shippensburg.

Gundy got flack for the deal, which Yurcich accepted. It took a couple of years for things to really get moving, but it worked out. OSU has had a top-10 passing offense in college football for the last three years and Yurcich was nominated for the Broyles Award in 2016, which is given to the best assistant coach in the NCAA.

Common advice in coaching circles is to do your best at your current job and avoid focusing on the road ahead. If you do a great job, somebody somewhere will take notice. This is a perfect example.

This season, Oklahoma State finished 10-3 with a victory over Virginia Tech in the Camping World Bowl. The Cowboys had the No. 1 passing offense in the nation.

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