Oklahoma State hires Yurcich to run offense
Oklahoma State hired Mike Yurcich as its new offensive
coordinator and quarterbacks coach Thursday, bringing in an
assistant who helped Shippensburg put up big numbers in Division II
the past two seasons.
The 37-year-old Yurcich replaces Todd Monken, who left to become
the head coach at Southern Mississippi. Yurcich will be asked to
step in and run Oklahoma State’s prolific spread offense, which has
ranked in the top five in total offense and scoring each of the
past three seasons while being handed down from Dana Holgorsen to
The Cowboys were fourth in the nation last year with 547 yards
per game and third in scoring at 45.7 points even after losing
quarterback Brandon Weeden and receiver Justin Blackmon to the
”Joining the program at Oklahoma State is a tremendous
opportunity for me and my family,” Yurcich said in a statement.
”I am excited to continue the offensive firepower that has been in
place at OSU for many years. I’ve often admired the OSU system and
I’m looking forward to learning and then teaching the Oklahoma
Yurcich’s first team at Shippensburg set school records for
points, touchdowns, first downs and total offense. His second team
led Division II in total offense (529.2 yards per game) and was
second nationally in scoring (46.9 points) and passing offense
(387.7 yards during an 11-2 season.
He previously was the offensive coordinator at Edinboro and St.
Francis (Ind.) and a graduate assistant at Indiana. He is a native
of Euclid, Ohio, and was the starting quarterback at California
University of Pennsylvania before graduating in 1999.
”Coach Yurcich has 14 years of experience coaching quarterbacks
and a thorough background in the passing game,” coach Mike Gundy
said. ”He has been a very successful offensive coordinator for
The Cowboys are set to start spring drills on March 11. The
final session is scheduled for April 20.