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Oklahoma State Football: How Tim Duffie Hire Will Impact the Cowboys in 2013
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Justin Gilbert could be a beneficiary of the Tim Duffie hire.

The Oklahoma State Cowboys' coaching staff has been in a state of flux all offseason, making changes across the board.

Head coach Mike Gundy had already replaced his offensive and defensive coordinator, as well as his receivers coach and defensive line coach, before Jason Jones, the team's former cornerbacks coach, left to take the same position at Ole Miss.

Coach Gundy announced Jones' replacement earlier this week, naming Tim Duffie, formerly Wake Forest's secondary coach, as the team's new defensive backs coach.

Some assumed that Duffie would immediately be placed in charge of the cornerbacks, but instead, the team has decided to have him coach the safeties, while former safety coach Van Malone will oversee the cornerbacks.

This move makes a lot of sense; after all, the cornerback group is probably the weakest position on the defense, and it stands to reason that the team would want someone familiar with the players as they try to upgrade this offseason.

Malone brings plenty of experience to the position, as he coached both Western Michigan and Texas A&M's cornerbacks earlier in his career.

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This means the transition should go smoothly and could lead to some real growth among the young cornerbacks this spring.

As a coach, Duffie's impact could be felt immediately, especially if the rumors about Lyndell Johnson moving to safety turn out to be true. 

However, his real strength won't show up until it's time to recruit next year's prospects.

Duffie has been a major player in Texas recruiting over his entire career, and hopes are high that he will help bolster the Cowboys' already strong presence in the state.

Look for Duffie's impact to mainly be felt off the field during his first few seasons as he helps add more high-caliber players to the Oklahoma State defense.

The Duffie hire might not be the most talked about, but it's as important as all of the others because it gives the team a great recruiter and a chance to really improve at cornerback this offseason.

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