Freaky Friday

The Oklahoma State coaching staff is looking a lot different Saturday morning than it did just 24 hours earlier. First Cowboy assistant coach Curtis Luper left Friday for a position on new Auburn head coach Gene Chizik's staff, and has learned of other possible shakeups involving Mike Gundy's staff.

Luper, as reported earlier, is leaving his position as Oklahoma State's assistant head coach for player development/running backs coach to join Chizik's staff, where he will reportedly will be paid $400,000 annually. He was paid $228,000 in 2008 at OSU.

But he may not be the only Cowboy assistant coach leaving for Auburn. At least one source has confirmed that OSU co-offensive coordinator Trooper Taylor may also be joining Chizik's staff.

Mark Murphy, publisher of on the Scout network, interviewed Luper about 8:45 p.m. (Central time) Friday, and asked him about Taylor possibly joining him on the Auburn staff. Luper did not have any comment.

Gundy confirmed to the Tulsa World late Friday night that Chizik had asked for permission to interview both Luper and Taylor, and the OSU head coach had granted the Auburn head coach permission.

Sources did confirm for on Friday night that Taylor did interview with Miami (Fla.) head coach Randy Shannon.

Taylor was hired by Gundy last spring after spending four years at Tennessee (2004-07). He was co-offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach this past season at Oklahoma State.

In addition, has learned that Jimmy Gonzales, the director of football operations the past four years, has been released from his duties with the OSU football program. The 50-year-old Gonzales is a lifelong administrator and coach, and came to OSU after a two-year stint as director of player development at Notre Dame.

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