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Gundy Dismisses Offensive Line Coach Adkins

Offensive line coach Greg Adkins was dismissed by Mike Gundy after two seasons as offensive line coach at Oklahoma State.

Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy shows every once and awhile that he can keep a story off the radar, and he did in the final days of recruiting as Gundy dismissed offensive line coach Greg Adkins last Friday and it didn’t become public until a full week later. The Cowboys head coach did not want any impact on recruiting and Gundy himself handled offensive line prospects at the Junior Day last weekend. 

Gundy will make a new hire for the offensive line position and the natural speculation would be bringing back last season’s offensive analyst and former Missouri offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Josh Henson. That may be more difficult now as Henson was hired by Arizona State and Todd Graham as offensive line coach, run game coordinator, and assistant head coach. Just this week Graham replaced his offensive coordinator by hiring Alabama receivers coach Billy Napier and naming Napier and Henson as co-offensive coordinators. Henson is also reported to be making $1.5 million over the next three years guaranteed, that is total, not annual. 

The timetable for hiring a new line coach is fairly quick as spring football will begin in about a month. Also, there is a need to jump on early junior recruiting for the offensive line as the 2017 class just signed featured a transfer in Minnesota starting center Tyler Moore and a junior college transfer in Arlington Hambright from NJCAA national champion Garden City C.C. There were no high school offensive line signees after losing a pair of commitments that de-committed and took up with Texas A&M and Texas.

Henson played offensive guard for Pat Jones at OSU when Gundy was an assistant coach and offensive coordinator. Henson was also on staff, coaching tight ends, when Gundy was offensive coordinator and assistant head coach under Les Miles. Henson left with Miles to go to LSU when Miles took the head coaching job there and then went on to be offensive coordinator and o-line coach at Missouri. 

Gundy's other option is to look outside the staff. Our guess is there will be a priority on recruiting.

As far as why it didn’t work out with Adkins, it is tough to pinpoint but it is likely the recruiting, which has been hot and cold. Adkins did help turn around an offensive run game that had struggled last season with a much better season this year and better performance and continuity in the offensive line. The offensive line did give up 32 sacks this season and 33 in the 2015 season.
Adkins, a veteran coach that had stops at his alma mater at Marshall; at the University of Georgia, also with head coach Jim Donnan; at Tennessee with Philip Fulmer; and then in the NFL at Buffalo coaching the tight ends before landing in Stillwater.

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