Gundy Hires Two More Coaches

Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy is getting closer to filling up the football offices with a coaching staff. Gundy added a former Cowboy teammate and one of the most respected wide receiver coaches on the East Coast to his staff on Thursday. Gundy has hired running backs coach Curtis Luper and wide receivers coach Gunter Brewer. Other sources tell us that the Cowboys new head coach is likely closer to filling the role of defensive coordinator on his staff.

Luper played at Oklahoma State from 1984-87. The former Sherman, Texas, standout had trouble getting on the field because of a couple of guys named Thurman Thomas and Barry Sanders. Luper did play as a tailback, wide receiver and defensive back. Luper left after his junior season and did a four-year hitch in the U.S. Army where he was a well respected air traffic controller.

Luper came out of the Army with one year of collegiate eligibility. He showed his talent by finishing third in the nation in rushing during the 1993 season at Stephen F. Austin University. He led the Division I-AA Lumberjacks in rushing and scoring and had a 6.8 yards per carry average.

Luper started his coaching career at SFA before moving on to Texas A&M-Commerce where he served as assistant head coach and secondary coach from 1999-2001. He moved on to New Mexico where for the past three years he has been the running backs coach for the Lobos and head coach Rocky Long. Luper recruited New Mexico, Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Dallas-Fort Worth for New Mexico.

Luper does have both his bachelor and master's degrees from SFA and did coursework toward his doctorate degree while at Texas A&M-Commerce.

Gunter Brewer comes to the Cowboys as a highly respected coach and recruiter. The son of longtime Ole Miss head coach Billy Brewer, Gunter has been the wide receivers coach at North Carolina the past four seasons. Prior to that duty he was the wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator at Marshall where he was the position coach for current NFL All-Pro wide receiver Randy Moss. While coached by Brewer, Moss won the 1997 Fred Biletnikoff Award as the top wide receiver in college football. Brewer also coached running backs and was the associate offensive coordinator at Marshall.

A former wide receiver at Wake Forest during his college days. Brewer started his coaching career as the strength coach with the Deacons. He went on to coach running backs at Ole Miss during the 1988-89 seasons. He went to Europe and served as a head coach of a European Football League team. That's not NFL-Europe, but a team of native Europeans playing American football. Brewer came back and served as administrative aid at Ole Miss before moving on to Marshall.

Brewer has his bachelor's degree from Wake Forest and received his masters at Ole Miss.

Two clear cut candidates have surfaced for the defensive coordinator's job at Oklahoma State. One source informed us that former Oklahoma State secondary coach and current Chicago Bears defensive backs assistant coach Vance Bedford has been seen in Stillwater, and it is believed he is talking to Oklahoma State about the position. The former Texas Longhorns defensive back coached at OSU under Bob Simmons and with Mike Gundy from 1993-94. He went on to coach the same position at Michigan before joining the Bears in 1999 where he has coached for NFL defensive guru Lovie Smith and tutored former O-State cornerback R.W. McQuarters.

Tennesse Titans defensive backs coach Everett Withers has been linked with the opening for several days. The former Texas assistant and Louisville defensive coordinator has coached under Jeff Fisher at Tennessee. One source told us that Withers met with Fisher in the past 24 hours and Fisher encouraged him to try for the Oklahoma State opening.

The hires of Luper and Brewer fill out the offensive staff for Gundy and the step of hiring a defensive coordinator will go a long way toward completing Gundy's first staff as head coach. The common denominators in the hires and the candidates are that all are in the same age range. All have served as coordinators, head coach or recruiting coordinators, and most have advanced degrees.

Gundy's previous hires include offensive coordinator Larry Fedora, who will also coach quarterbacks, offensive line coach Joe Wickline, tight ends coach and former OSU player Doug Meacham.

Joe DeForest was retained and named associate head coach. He will remain as special teams coordinator and a position coach on defense.

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