Gundy Hires Barr, Gillespie

As reported by South Carolina Scout publisher Doug Jolley, we have confirmed that Gamecocks running backs coach Robert Gillespie has accepted a job as an offensive assistant for Mike Gundy at Oklahoma State. Gundy has apparently added another person that has a history at OSU in Johnny Barr, who has coached at OSU on two previous stints. Barr will probably be Gundy's recruiting coordinator.

That would leave two remaining positions to be filled -- defensive coordinator and director of football operations. One name that keeps coming up as we talk to people that were following what was going on at the American Football Coaches Association Convention is former Oklahoma State player and coach Bill Young, who is currently the defensive coordinator a the University of Miami, Fla. Sources tell us that position has not been offered as of yet.

Gillespie just completed his fourth season on staff as the running backs coach at South Carolina. The 29-year-old Gillespie was coaching for his former college coach in Steve Spurrier. Gillespie played at Florida, lettering as a running back from 1998-2001. He earned All-SEC Freshman team honors in his first season and would later become a team captain for the Gators. He finished as the second all-time leading receiver for a running back at Florida.

Gillespie went on to play for the Washington Redskins in 2002-03. He finished his professional playing career with the Frankfort Galaxy of the NFL's World League. A native of Hattiesburg, Miss., Gillespie started his coaching career at his alma mater of Hattiesburg High School.

Barr coached at Oklahoma State on two occasions, first for Pat Jones from 1986 to 1988 during the time that Mike Gundy quarterbacked the Cowboys. Barr came back and coached for Bob Simmons from 1995 to '96 on a staff that had Gundy on it as wide receivers coach.

Barr most recently headed up recruiting as coordinator for Texas A&M under then head coach Dennis Franchionne. Barr coached safeties on defense at Texas Tech prior to going to Texas A&M. The former OU wide receiver that played on two Big Eight champion teams, has coached at Kansas, Arizona State, Oklahoma, Southwest Texas State, and Lamar. He has been in coaching for 32 years.

As for the defensive coordinator position, we incorrectly reported last Sunday that current Dallas Cowboys linebacker coach Reggie Herring had been hired. He is still considered a candidate by some that are following the situation but several coaches at the convention told us they believed that Gundy and members of the Oklahoma State staff had extensive conversations with Bill Young.

Young has a long history in coaching as he is a 39-year veteran of the college game with one stint in the NFL as defensive line coach of the Detroit Lions (2001). Young was a player at OSU from 1965 to 1968 where he led the Cowboys in interceptions one season and also earned All-Big Eight honors. He started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at OSU and later served as a full-time assistant from 1976 to '78.

Young has been a defensive coordinator at Tulsa from 1983-84, Ohio State from 1988-95, Oklahoma 1996-97, Southern Cal from 1998-2000. After coaching with the Lions, he spent the next six years as defensive coordinator at Kansas helping head coach Mark Mangino rebuild the Jayhawks football fortunes including the 2007 season which ended 12-1 and a win in the Orange Bowl. Kansas ranked fourth in the nation in scoring defense that season. This past year was his first at Miami as defensive coordinator.

The timetable for the hiring of a defensive coordinator is unknown but OSU has its largest recruiting visit weekend coming up this weekend.

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