Could Offensive Line Coach Be Named Tuesday?

Okay, now that I have your attention, the answer is no. I don't think Oklahoma State's new offensive line coach will be named on Tuesday. However, I do think it could come soon. I have kind of narrowed my list to four candidates, although it is hard to tell how head coach Mike Gundy is going about this.

Gundy has not been seen much around the facility since his news conference on the recruiting class last Thursday. Now that means he might be on the road and meeting or interviewing candidates in airports or clandestine locations.

Here are my four candidates for the job, and I did put them in the order of probability according to my gut feeling.

Mike Cavanaugh, Oregon State
Cavanaugh is right around 50 years old, as are all of the candidates. And he is bald, as are several of the candidates. He has been with the Beavers and their head coach Mike Riley for nine years. He has had a lot of success and some of that has come with players of Polynesian heritage. That is natural for him as he coached the offensive line for six years at Hawai'i.

Before that he was with the San Diego Chargers and Ferris State. He has been a few other places. He recruits Arizona, Las Vegas, and Oklahoma for Oregon State. He has achieved a lot with players that weren't blue chips or 4 or 5 stars.

Charlie Dickey, Kansas State
Dickey is around 50 years old and has a crew cut. That will do nicely and he coaches what I believe to be the best offensive line currently going in the Big 12. K-State has recruited well in this position group finding a lot of 2- and 3-star guys that play like 4- or 5-star guys. Dickey came to Kansas State with Bill Snyder on his second tour as head coach. Before that Dickey was the offensive line coach at Utah and was part of that unbeaten season that Utah capped with a win over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. He played football at Scottsdale C.C. and was a two-year starter at Arizona.

Clay Hendrix, Air Force Academy
We understand he comes highly regarded by current OSU running backs coach Jemal Singleton. Hendrix and his undersized and scrappy offensive lines have helped Air Force to the rushing title every year he has been there. Of course, Air Force runs an option-based offense, but they have had success throwing the ball and avoiding sacks.

Before AFA, Hendrix was at Furman for 19 years including three seasons as a starting guard. He was part of upset wins over South Carolina (1982), Georgia Tech (1983) and N.C. State (1984 and 1985). Teams he helped coach at Furman won six Southern Conference championships and the 1988 NCAA FCS or I-AA Championship.

Ronnie Vinklarek, Rice
He's had a lot of success at Rice and is heading into his sixth season at Rice. Vinklarek is 52 years old. Prior to Rice, which has gone to back-to-back bowl games, Vinklarek coached the offensive line at Edmonton in the CFL and before that at Houston and SMU. He's coached in the NFL with Tennessee and Buffalo. He was the Oklahoma State offensive line coach under Bob Simmons in 1998 and 1999.

I do think it will be soon.

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