When Todd Monken left Oklahoma State for the Southern Miss head coaching job, Mike Gundy fielded a very informal search for his replacement. There was no committee to be formed, no high-priced search firm to be hired. As CBSSports.com's Jeremy Fowler relays, the only search firm Gundy enlisted was his desktop mouse, and the only committee he sought advice from was the football stats page at NCAA.com.
After dispatching three straight offensive coordinators to head coaching positions, Gundy knew exactly what he wanted in looking for the next person to direct the Oklahoma State attack:
- Must be good with quarterbacks.
- Must make good adjustments.
- Understands speed, tempo.
- Must be ready for outside criticism and welcome it.
So Gundy dialed up NCAA.com and was drawn to Division II Shippensburg and an offense that totaled nearly 530 yards per game led by a 37-year old coordinator named Mike Yurcich. From there, phone calls were made, a deeper statistical analysis was run and an in-person meeting was scheduled.
The rest, as we know, is history.