Fedora On Air Force's Short List?

Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Larry Fedora, who led the high-powered Cowboy offense that averaged better than 35 points this season, will be on the short list that the Air Force Academy will be compiling to replace longtime Falcon head coach Fisher DeBerry, who announced his retirement Friday, sources have told GoPokes.com.

The 44-year-old Fedora spent two season at Air Force as the school's passing game and receivers coach in 1997 and 1998. He is well thought of by members of the Air Force administration. He

He joined the staff of OSU head coach Mike Gundy as offensive coordinator in 2005, and after the Cowboys struggled in Fedora's spread, no-huddle offense last year it took off in 2006. With quarterback Bobby Reid under center, a handful of capable running backs and receivers like Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year Adarius Bowman and D'Juan Woods, the OSU offense averaged 35.3 points and 409 totals yard per game.

Those who think a spread, no-huddle offense relies just on the passing game did not see the Cowboys this season. OSU's offense was about as balanced as an offense could be – rushing for 2,497 yards and passing for 2,411 yards while averaging 6.4 yards per play. Reid threw for 2,054 yards and 23 touchdowns and just 10 interceptions. OSU had three 500-yard rushers – Dantrell Savage with 708 yards, Keith Toston with 573, and Mike Hamilton with 546 – for only the fourth time in school history.

Fedora also has coached at Baylor (1991-96), Middle Tennessee State (1999-2001) and Florida (2002-04).

GoPokes Top Stories