OSU Hires Former NFL Assistant Greg Adkins

Our thought was that Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy would wait to make an announcement once he filled all three open positions on the Oklahoma State football staff, but Football Scoop released this tidbit and we at Go Pokes believe it to be true. The Cowboys have hired former Buffalo Bills assistant coach Greg Adkins as their new offensive line coach.

Adkins served as the tight ends coach for Buffalo the past two seasons. He made the move to the NFL with Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone when he took over the Bills head coaching position.

The longtime college assistant coach was in Oklahoma City on Tuesday to interview with Gundy. Adkins was not retained when Marrone resigned after this season and the Bills hired former New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan.

Adkins, who will turn 48 years old in March, has 21 years of college coaching experience and much of that as an offensive line coach.

A native of Charleston, West Virginia, and a former college player at Marshall, Adkins started his college career at his alma mater as the defensive line coach, and also went on to coach the tight ends and the offensive line.

Adkins graduated from Marshall to the SEC when he went to Georgia for a year as the defensive line coach. The next four years he coached the offensive line and the tight ends for the Bulldogs. At his next coaching stop Adkins added recruiting coordinator to his resume as he handled that and coached offensive line at Troy. He was with the Trojans for two years.

Adkins next stop was Tennessee where he added recruiting coordinator to his responsibilities, along with coaching tight ends and assisting with the offensive line. After three years he took over the offensive line for College Football Hall of Fame and Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer.

In 2009, Adkins moved to Syracuse as offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator for Doug Marrone and was there until he left with Marrone to go to the Bills and the NFL in 2013.

Adkins was interviewed by Gundy earlier this week and his mix of coaching offensive line and tight ends at some very high powered football schools along with experience coaching defensive line and serving as a recruiting coordinator and also some NFL experience make him an attractive and impressive hire. It is presumed that Adkins will be in Stillwater and working in the program almost immediately.

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