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.
"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.
"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.