Yurcich Staying Put After Visiting With Saban

Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich was contacted Monday by Alabama head coach Nick Saban about joining his coaching staff but the Cowboys assistant will stay at OSU.

Over the past 24 hours Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy was waiting on another assistant coach and a decision of whether he should stay or should he go. Multiple sources told Go Pokes that Mike Yurcich was contacted on Monday by Alabama head coach Nick Saban to either determine his interest in the offensive coordinator job or outright offer him the position with the Crimson Tide.

The dust cleared on Tuesday and our sources indicate that much like he decided when in "final two" contention for the Auburn offensive coordinator position, Yurcich has decided to stay in Stillwater coaching quarterbacks and calling plays for Oklahoma State.

At a time of year when some Cowboy fans wonder why coaches leave Oklahoma State, Yurcich, who Gundy hired from a record-breaking stint of calling plays at Division II Shippensburg in Pennsylvania, has shown that for him, his wife and two young sons that Oklahoma State is a little more of a destination. It is important to point out that the previous three offensive coordinators under Gundy left to become head coaches.

There is good reason that Saban would look the direction of Yurcich for his vacant offensive coordinator job as Yurcich's Cowboy offenses have ranked among the best in scoring, total yards, and passing yards. In his time with the Pokes, Yurcich's offenses the past four seasons have ranked among the top 10 Oklahoma State offenses of all-time. His offenses in four years have averaged 36.2 points per game and 449.1 yards per game.

This season, with quarterback Mason Rudolph, receiver James Washington, and freshman running back Justice Hill, Yurcich coordinated an offense with a 4,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard receiver, and 1,000-yard rusher. All three players, in addition to a number of other weapons, return for the 2017 season. That may also be a major reason why Yurcich is eager to coordinate the Cowboys offense again in 2017.

Regardless of all of that, the decision of Yurcich to stay put in the Cowboy program earns some major clout or in college football power conference terms some solid gridiron cred.


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