Mike Gundy's Break Is Over

You want to know the truth about things that don't matter anymore. Okay, Mike Gundy really was miffed, make that mad, over the lack of communication that West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck conveyed in his hiring of Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen as the Mountaineers new offensive coordinator and head coach in waiting for the 2012 season.

Very quietly and very directly Gundy communicated his opinion of the West Virginia's process and not asking permission or even being courteous with a phone call. It may have made for some uncomfortable moments in San Antonio but Gundy is the kind of coach that is going to act by his standards and make sure his standards are evident in his actions.

While the Cowboys head coach hasn't always been forthright in his communication with the media on the hiring of a new offensive coordinator, I think Gundy is being mostly level with the media. While I am certain he has made some exploratory calls, the moves toward hiring a new offensive coordinator will be made this week.

Also, expect Gundy to have his conversations with quarterback Brandon Weeden and wide receiver Justin Blackmon this week or over the next weekend regarding their upcoming decisions on whether to declare for the NFL Draft.

It is possible that the two issues, hiring on offensive coordinator and the decisions to be made by Weeden and Blackmoon, could have an impact on one another. All parties say no but there is at least some common ground with the three decisions, the two by the players and the one by Gundy.

In the end, I see Weeden staying for his senior season. Blackmon, in my opinion, is close to 50/50 with maybe a slight edge to him staying at Oklahoma State because of all the outside factors involving, the NFL, including the uncertainty of an offseason program, the preseason and even a normal training camp, and possibly even a 2011 NFL season because of the labor issues and negotiations on the new collective bargaining agreement.

On the offensive coordinator position, Gundy has been talking to his current offensive coaches to see what they soaked up from Holgorsen this season and if any of them are in position or ready to either organize the offense or call plays on game days, or both.

Outside the program, Gundy has said he is looking for a coach similar in phlosophy, someone who is more staff friendly than Holgorsen was in his time in Stilwater, and an astute play caller.

Warning, the next outside hire by Gundy to the staff could be a coach that is way under the radar screen as there are coaches that have had tremendous success with spread offenses on all levels, including NCAA Division I FCS, Division II, and even Division III.

We have thrown out a lot of names the last couple of weeks and if compelled to turn in a list today here is what we would turn in. This lists coaches by our preference, in conjunction with what we guess Gundy's preference would be.

OC or Co-offensive coordinators Prospects and Current Positions
Kliff Kingsbury, Houston co-offensive coordinator: Three years as a starting QB under Leach and Holgorsen at Texas Tech.
Sonny Cumbie, Texas Tech inside receivers coach: QB and GA at Texas Tech under Mike Leach.
Kenny Edenfield, Troy offensive coordinator: First year coordinator that did a tremendous job with a similar style of offense.
Tony Franklin, Louisiana Tech offensive coordinator: Considered by many a leader in the spread offense and does his own popular clinics that have made him a fortune.
Robert Anae, re-signed in December as BYU's offensive coordinator: He worked for Leach at Tech and has been mainly on offensive line coach, but was OC and inside receivers coach at BYU, his alma mater.

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