Little News Coming Out Of Convention

STILLWATER - The American Football Coaches Association Convention in Nashville, Tenn., is rapidly winding down and most coaches have returned home. Members of the Oklahoma State football staff were filtering back into Stillwater and into the office throughout Wednesday. So far there is no news on the coaching vacancies in the staff.

When told that there were a lot of coaches keeping their eyes and ears tuned into what Oklahoma State was doing, especially with the defensive coordinator job, but there was very little information out there, one OSU staffer said, "That's the way Coach Gundy wants it."

Gundy was seen at the convention as several coaches said they saw him socializing on Sunday night as coaches began arriving in Nashville.

As for what went on with the OSU coaching staff, one coach that didn't want to be identified said that the staff split up with Gundy and some of his defensive coaches involved in one room speaking with interested candidates or candidates they were interested in for the defensive coordinators job.

Meanwhile, OSU offensive staffers were concentrating on candidates for the vacant running backs coaching position. Former recruiting coordinator Robert Matthews was added to the fulltime on-the-field coaching staff before Gundy and his coaches left for Nashville.

Former OSU players that are now coaching or former OSU assistant coaches seemed to keep the most interest on the situation.

One former OSU player, now an assistant coach, said he heard that former Cowboy player and coach and current Miami, Fla., defensive coordinator Bill Young interviewed for the position and was showing interest. That was pretty well known in the coaching community. Young has been at Tulsa, USC, Oklahoma, Ohio State, and did a dynamite job recently coordinating the Kansas defense in its Orange Bowl season before moving on to Miami. Young played at OSU in the late 1960s and coached at OSU into the '70s.

One former OSU player with NFL connections said he was hearing despite the sometimes typical denials that Dallas Cowboys linebacker coach Reggie Herring was still a candidate of interest on the position.

The only other name that came up in phone calls that we made came from a current Big 12 assistant that also didn't want to be quoted. This coach said he knew that Wake Forest defensive coordinator and an eight-year veteran of the Deacons staff Brad Lambert was not only interviewed but was still involved.

Lambert has had success with the Wake Forest defense and is a former Kansas State player that played for Jim Dickey, former OSU assistant and Kansas State head coach. Lambert is good friends with Dickey's son and Darrell Dickey, a former North Texas head coach and most recently offensive coordinator at Utah State. Dickey was coaching at Utah State for former OSU linebacker and assistant coach Brent Guy. Guy, a former defensive coordinator, was recently hired by Steve Kragthorpe at Louisville.

There are three names that we keep hearing mentioned for the job -- Bill Young, Reggie Herring and Brad Lambert.

Another coach that was in Nashville said he knew that Phil Bennett, a popular candidate and current Pitt defensive coordinator and former SMU head coach, did not speak or interview with Gundy regarding the OSU defensive vacancy during the convention.

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