Oklahoma State: Offensive Coordinator Search Continues, Leach a Long Shot
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To be honest, I wish I wasn't writing this article. I thought Oklahoma State would have found their successor to Dana Holgorsen who left his offensive coordinator position to become head coach in waiting at West Virginia University.
However, the seat is still unfilled and many Cowboy fans are anxious to find out what the latest is in the search. Here is what we know:
Coach Gundy has pretty much put to rest the idea that Leach will be the guy. It seems like both Gundy and Leach have little interest in each other.
Leach probably wants a head coaching job, while Gundy knows Leach has bigger jobs in mind and that even if he hired Leach, Mike would likely put Gundy in the same position next year that he is in right now.
There are several names making their way around the message boards. A few of them would be interesting hires. Here are some of the possibilities that are swirling around:
Troy Offensive Coordinator Kenny Edenfield
The Trojans were 16th in the nation in total offense, averaging 453 yards a game. They were 24th in scoring offense, averaging 34 points a game and 12th in passing offense. And coach Gundy knows just how the offense works, seeing a tough Trojans team play the Cowboys close in non-conference play in 2010.
Edenfield did turn down a possible offensive coordinator job with Louisiana Lafayette, but Oklahoma State would put Edenfield in a bigger conference and a chance to move someday to a head coach position somewhere.
Meachem is already in Stillwater. He is the inside receivers coach for the Cowboys and probably picked up a lot of knowledge from former coordinators Larry Fedora and Holgorsen as well as coach Gundy.
He coordinated Oklahoma State's passing game in 2008 and 2009. Meacham has been involved in offense since he began coaching in 1991.
University of Houston Offensive Coordinator Jason Phillips
Phillips would make a good addition to the Cowboy coaching staff. He served as Houston's recruiting coordinator, as well as receivers coach and eventually offensive coordinator. Houston has a pass-heavy attack very similar to the style the Cowboys have adopted.
Gundy probably has a lot of other candidates that we don't know about and the coaching carousel is still going on across the country. He has indicated that he hopes to have a coach in place in about two weeks.
With spring approaching fast, time is critical at this point. But this isn't a job Gundy just wants to throw someone into. I applaud the way Gundy is really looking at candidates to make sure he knows who will be best, but I am getting anxious. Hopefully, we will know something soon!
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