No Surprise, Young On Several Short Lists

STILLWATER - No fewer than two sources have informed me that Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Bill Young, who helped the Cowboys make a monumental improvement this season on the defensive side of the ball, is on a short list for defensive coordinator positions for several schools.

One of those schools is reported to be Texas A&M where Joe Kimes has retired following the Aggies 6-7 season and a very mediocre season on the defensive side of the ball. One report had Texas A&M reportedly talking as much as $800,000 in salary, but that figure is uncomfirmed.

Young, who is an Oklahoma State graduate and former graduate assistant and assistant coach before returning to his alma mater this season as defensive coordinator, took the Cowboys to the top 10 in rushing defense and as high as 33rd in the country in total defense.

He has coached in 17 bowl games in his career and previously served as defensive coordinator at Miami (Fla), Kansas, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Southern Cal, and Tulsa. He is one of the most experienced and respected defensive minds in college football.

His OKlahoma State players and the coaches on his defensive staff rave about his coaching ability and what he contributed in turning around the Oklahoma State defense from a series of seasons that have been less than stellar in many cases.

Young came back to Oklahoma this season saying he and his wife, Lawana, wanted to be back in Oklahoma and he wanted to finish his coaching career at Oklahoma State. Young currently makes $315,000 as the defensive coordinator of the Cowboys.

There is no doubt that Young would reasonably be expected to receive a raise based on the performance of his defense this past season.

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