Luper Leaving For Auburn

Curtis Luper, the assistant head coach for player development and running backs coach, is leaving Oklahoma State after four years to join the staff of newly named Auburn head coach Gene Chizik. Who is a possible replacement for Luper as the Cowboys' running backs coach?

Luper will reportedly be paid $400,000 per year at Auburn, according to published reports. He was paid $228,000 this past year at Oklahoma State.

Luper, who has been a member of the Oklahoma State staff since being hired by Mike Gundy four years ago, just completed his fourth season as running backs coach and his second year as the team's assistant head coach for player development.

Luper will be joining the staff of Chizik and new offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn, who spent the past two years at the University of Tulsa.

Could Robert Matthews be Luper's replacement as the Cowboys' running backs coach? He is a strong candidate. Matthews is in his third year at Oklahoma State and was named the director of recruiting last summer after serving two years as coordinator of football operations.

Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy has said in the past that he values Matthews numerous contributions to the program in recent seasons, and could see the former University of Georgia player being promoted to an assistant coaching position if anyone on the staff ever left.

Matthews on Wednesday informed former OSU defensive coordinator Tim Beckman that he would not be accepting the running backs assistant coaching job at Toledo. It is likely that Matthews turned down Beckman because he knew of the impending opening on the Cowboy staff.

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