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July 26, 2013

Cowboys’ new offensive coordinator says he’s ready

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STILLWATER —

“When you have a pool of coordinators to choose from, and then you see how many of those guys will run the offense that we have and not their own system, that pool decreases dramatically,” Gundy said. “We wanted a play caller with quarterback experience. Played the position. Coached the position. Coached wide receivers. Had been in a fast-paced offense. So it was really a good fit for us and I liked his personality when I spent time with him.”

The biggest adjustment, Yurcich said, has been in the amount of resources available at the major-college level. He specifically noted Oklahoma State’s strength and conditioning program as “one of the major things that really stuck out. It’s really relative. I think all of the positions are bigger and stronger.”

Gundy acknowledged that not a lot of Division II coaches ever make the jump to the major-college level. He said that’s because major-college head coaches and athletic directors often don’t want to take a chance on a small-college coach “that, in somebody’s opinion, may be unproven. It’s easier to hire somebody that everybody says, ‘That’s a great hire’ that doesn’t work. Then people can say, ‘He was the best guy out there. I don’t know why it didn’t work.”’

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