Is Dave Yost The Next Offensive Coordinator?

Go Pokes was the first to mention Dave Yost's name on Monday as a possibility for the Oklahoma State offensive coordinator position almost immediately after learning that Todd Monken had taken the head coach position at Southern Miss. Yost is looked upon as a progressive coordinator that runs the spread offense and has led Missouri's offense to productive seasons in 2009, 2010, and 2011.

In 2010, the Tigers were ninth in the nation and led the Big 12 with 244 rushing yards per game. Yost's offenses had average more than 400 yards per game in three seasons. Prior to 2009, as the coordinator he also coached the Mizzou quarterbacks, including Brad Smith, Chase Daniel, and that goes on through Blaine Gabbert.

Yost suprisingly resigned a little over a week ago following a tough first season in the SEC dominated by injuries on the offense line and quarterback James Franklin. Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel had said after the season that he was not going to have any staff changes, but Yost decided on his own to resign claiming he was looking for a change of scenery.

Dave Matter, the Missouri beat writer for the Columbia Daily Tribune, reported the offer from Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy to Yost in the Wednesday morning edition of the newspaper. He talked about it on Sportstalk with Robert Allen and Friends this morning on Triple Play Sports.

"They talked either Monday or yesterday from what I was told," said Matter. "They know each other from the Big 12, and saw each other a lot in the Big 12.

"I know last February that their two offensive staffs got together at Northwestern (in Evanston, Ill.) and kind of had a meeting of coaches that run the spread offense and shared a lot of notes. This wasn't something they could do when they were both in the Big 12, but was something they felt they could do being in separate conferences," said Matter.

"The indication I have from talking to several people is this is not a no-brainer for David. I know he hasn't turned it down, but he hasn't taken it yet. He was under a lot of pressure (at Missouri) and a lot of stress and had resigned there because of what I reported, he had so much on his plate."

In addition to being the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach, the popular and effective recruiter was also the Missouri recruiting coordinator.

"I know he wanted to get away and wanted to get to a job where he didn't have to do so much and could get back to coaching," added Matter. "I think that does valiadate what kind of coach he is, that Mike Gundy is interested in him. You know I don't think he has had as many weapons and as good a quarterbacks as they did with Brad Smith and Chase Daniel."

Now it is a watch and wait to see just what happens.

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