Do you know that when printing the friendly version of Bill Young's bio from his last season at Oklahoma State in 2012 that it take four pages? That is a lot of football experience.
Young has not only guided his alma mater on defense during the Cowboys first Big 12 Championship season but he has guided the defenses at Miami, Fla., Kansas, Southern Cal, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Arizona State, and Tulsa. Young has coached in the NFL with the Detroit Lions.
"My favorite time was high school, playing high school football and coaching it," he said agreeing with the caller about the fun they both experienced being part of high school football.
Young was a standout at Oklahoma City's U.S. Grant High School when school football in Oklahoma City was strong. He coached at Carl Albert High School and then joined the staff of Oklahoma Hall of Fame coach Mike Little at Putnam City West. Ironically, Little coached at Yukon and led them on a renaissance a few years before he passed away.
Young is "old school" but he understands the way players are now, the way young people are, and he will handle that just fine. He agrees with those of us that would like to see less of an emphasis on cell phones, video games, and technology and more of getting to the stands on Friday nights and showing some school spirit.
Students, teachers, and parents coming together and supporting the home town team is an activity that could lead to more good and certainly give the players and the fans some purpose that is lacking on fall Friday nights.
Young said he doesn't play golf, fish or hunt. He just wants to coach football and he has had the itch ever since Mike Gundy handed the reins of the Cowboys defense over to Glenn Spencer. It was a plan of succession that had been discussed, but in the end Young wasn't ready to hang up the whistle. Now he has it back.
He's looking for an offensive coordinator that runs the spread. Young fully understands how hard it is to defend that offense when it is run well. He's looking to coach up some Millers to be excellent form tacklers and capable of popping the ball loose from opposing ball carriers. To Young that's better than a birdie on the 18th hole, a seven-pound bass, or an 11-point buck. I'm looking forward to watching his team play.