Gundy Putting Together Impressive Staff

Mike Gundy is close to making his first hires as head coach of the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Gundy is concentrating on hiring offensive assistants first so that they can get out on the road recruiting as quickly as possible.

Larry Fedora, who as offensive coordinator at Florida last year and recently joined ex-Gator head coach Ron Zook at Illinois, is the front-runner to be the Cowboys' new offensive coordinator.

Fedora may be joined by Joe Wickline, Florida's offensive line coach the last three seasons and who recently joined the Illini staff, on the OSU staff. Fedora and Gundy coached together at Baylor in the early 1990s.

As of late Wednesday night, the hirings of Fedora and Wickline are not finalized.

In addition, Gundy is expected to hire former OSU teammate Doug Meachem as tight ends coach. Meachem, a former OSU offensive lineman (1984, 86-87), has been offensive coordinator at Samford University the past two years. He has coached the offensive line at Samford for four seasons. Meachem flew into Stillwater on a one-way plane ticket and could be the first new coach on the road recruiting.

There are so many other candidates for the other offensive assistant positions that it would be tough to speculate who will be hired. However, two names being mentioned are Darrell Wyatt, wide receivers coach at OU who previously was on the staff at OSU, and Richard Wilson, wide receivers coach at Minnesota.

Two sources indicate the leading candidate to become defensive coordinator is former Cleveland Browns linebacker coach George Edwards. He spent one season on the staff of Butch Davis with the Browns. Prior to joining the Browns, Edwards was a member of the Washington Redskins' coaching staff for two seasons, serving as defensive coordinator in 2003. He also has worked for the Dallas Cowboys (1998-2001, linebackers coach), University of Georgia (1997, defensive line), Duke (1996, linebackers), Appalachian State (1992-95, linebackers) and Florida (1991, graduate assistant).

As far as defensive coaches, former OU head coach Gary Gibbs (now linebackers coach with the Dallas Cowboys), former Baylor head coach Kevin Steele (now linebackers coach at Florida State) and former Missouri defensive coordinator Ricky Hunley (linebackers coach with the Cincinnati Bengals) have been mentioned. However, it appears that Hunley will be promoted and stay with the Bengals.

How quickly will the Cowboys have coaches on the road recruiting? They are in the process of accumulating cars so coaches, as they are hired, can hit the road.

On the recruiting front, assistant head coach Joe DeForest is on the road meeting with players. Andre Sexton, the Houston Touchdown Club Defensive Player of the Year, is a solid commitment, and Irving (Texas) offensive lineman Chris Hall is also sticking with his commitment.

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