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

Monken.

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

NFL.

”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

State offense.”

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

many years.”

The Cowboys are set to start spring drills on March 11. The

final session is scheduled for April 20.