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Yurcich: 'You better be a film rat if you want to coach'

Before heading out to practice yesterday, first year Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich met with the media to catch everyone up on how the transition has gone since arriving on campus about a month ago.

Yurcich says that one of the biggest differences between Shippensburg (where he served as the offensive coordinator in 2012) and OK State is the facilities. 

"The biggest change for me, and I don't care where you come from, when you come from somewhere else and you step into these facilities...it's different. There's no question about it, it's just tremendous." Yurcich added that the way that strength and conditioning coach Rob Glass runs the weight room also impressed him upon arriving.

Yurcich was also asked about his work ethic and the reputation that he has earned as a coach that will spent countless hours watching film.

"I don't think I'm much different than any other guy. If you're going to choose coaching football as a profession, you've got to be a film rat, and you've got to be all in. Otherwise you're just not going to last very long. It's got to be something that's in your blood and something that you enjoy doing on a daily basis, and to get paid to do this job is just a blessing."

If you're looking for a successful coaching career, and to eventually work your way up the coaching ladder, it would be smart of you to write that quote down somwhere. Yurcich landed the job on Gundy's staff the old fashioned way, with results and a reputation in coaching circles as a tireless worker, so he knows a thing or two about the profession.

Author: Doug Samuels
Doug Samuels has been with FootballScoop since 2011. Samuels joined the FootballScoop staff after serving as a college scout as well as an assistant coach at the college level, where he was fortunate enough to have coached every offensive position by age 24. Samuels is a lifelong Michigan State fan, no huddle enthusiast, and currently coaches high school football in West Michigan.