Cactus Bowl Notebook

The football coaching information site footballscoop.com has been honoring college coaches at all levels and in all roles for several years. On Monday, the site made it public that Oklahoma State's Robbie Discher was named Special Teams Coordinator of the Year.

Discher is in his first season coaching the special teams at Oklahoma State after Mike Gundy brought him in from a full-time assistants position at FCS power Sam Houston State.

Discher is a graduate assistant at OSU. As we wrote in our story on this honor on Saturday that we amended to reflect Discher as a finalist after learning it had not been made public yet, the young coach has done really well this season under some extreme circumstances. Many fans couldn't understand why a graduate assistant coach is in charge of special teams, but the Cowboys are getting a bonus and that has now been emphatically confirmed.

"He's done a great job and he's had all redshirt freshmen and first-year freshmen on his units and he's as good as anybody we've ever had," Gundy bragged on his graduate assistant that took the honor over a number of full-time coaches.

"He is a good schemer and knows all phases and works very hard at it. He knows it like the back of his hand. He is going to get his shot somewhere in the next year or two because he is very, very good at what he does. You know we were eighth in the nation in (overall) special teams this year and we were first in the Big 12 so he did a really good job."

Honestly, Gundy will have a very hard time keeping Discher at OSU without making him full-time. We'll see because unfortunately, not all the moving around on staffs is done yet.

Bedlam Still Highly Valued Despite OU Bowl Loss
Oklahoma may have been routed in their bowl game by Clemson in the Russell Athletic Bowl,but it doesn't diminish the value of the 38-35 overtime win by the Cowboys over the Sooners in Bedlam. It did not erase a very tough November where OSU lost three of the five games they lost in a row before the win over OU and the earning of bowl eligibility.

"It helped everybody and lifted their spirits. When you go through a tough stretch and these guys on this team, and especially the veteran players had won a lot of games and so they go through a tough time and fight through it and continue to practice," explained Gundy.

"I said it after the game that the two weeks leading up to the game through the Thanksgiving Day week that they practiced as well then as they did in September. We were just fortunate that we were able to hold it together as a staff and a team and make it pay off for them. Hopefully, they will play well in the bowl game."

Washington, the Cowboys opponent in the TicketCity Cactus Bowl on Friday, didn't have a negative streak quite like the Cowboys, but in the middle of their season they lost five of seven games including double-digit losses to Oregon, Arizona State and UCLA. Like OSU, the Huskies lost to all ranked teams. The Cowboys lone exception was Texas.

What Will Tyreek Hill Do?
The Tulsa World's Bill Haisten asked Gundy if he knew yet what multi-talented Tyreek Hill would do now that he was dismissed from the program because of a domestic violence situation where he was arrested and charged with several counts including one felony. Of course, Hill was a hero in the Bedlam game with his 92-yard punt return that sent the game into overtime.

"You would have to ask him, and I would think he would have multiple options with both sports (football and track)," Gundy answered.

Talk has been that Hill could go the professional route in track with his speed as he would be a huge attraction. He could play pro football in the Canadian Football League (CFL) and also explore options for the NFL. He is also still eligible for a year of football and track in college if he could find a school that would allow him to continue his collegiate careers.

"They won't have to contact me," Gundy added. "You know, I could very well be the last guy to find out."

Gundy has been supportive of Hill despite having to suspend him from the program. He said to the media it was a very difficult thing to do.


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