DALLAS - West Virginia Coach Dana Holgorsen is one of five offensive coordinators to work at Oklahoma State since the start of the 2007 season. The Cowboys have ranked Nos. 7, 70, 6, 3, 3, and 4 nationally in total offense in part because of the quality of the coaches, but mostly because of the continuity of the offense.
Gundy has not hired coordinators to do their own thing, but to do his own thing for the benefit of their players.
"We have approximately 35 or 45 players or so that have played for our offense each year and when we've lost a coordinator to become a head coach, I felt like it was an advantage to continue to run the offense and keep our terminology," Gundy said Monday at the annual Big 12 football media days.
"So we would bring in one new coach, or two coaches, and they would learn our system instead of 35 or 40 players trying to learn new terminology or a new system from the outside."
It's worked wonderfully for both sides. Holgorsen, Larry Fedora (Southern Miss before North Carolina) and Todd Monken (Southern Miss) left for head coaching jobs. The Cowboys have won 56 games, mostly with their offense, and one Big 12 title and Fiesta Bowl in those six years.
Last week, the media named Oklahoma State the favorite for the 2013 season, one that will see new offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich transition from Division II Shippensburg.
"It's never perfect, but by bringing a coach in and having him adjust to Oklahoma State, we've had success," Gundy said. "We'll continue to move in that direction."
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Kansas Coach Charlie Weis commended the media for putting his team in last place in the 10-team poll.
"If I were you, I'd pick us in the same spot," said Weis, who was 1-11 in 2012, his first season with Kansas. "We've given you no evidence or no reason to be picked anywhere other than that."
The Jayhawks were competitive a few times and were pummeled a few times in conference play last season, but they've also lost 21 straight league games. While some coaches might shy away from that, Weis uses it to his advantage when he's recruiting.
"There's no one that wants to not play," Weis said. "I said, 'Have you looked at that pile of crap out there? Have you taken a look at that? So if you don't think you can play here, where do you think you can play?' It's a pretty simple approach. And that's not a sales pitch. That's practical. 'You've seen it, right? Unfortunately, so have I.' "
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Part of WVU's indoctrination to the Big 12 last season was getting to know the new stadiums and environments. Nowhere was that more problematic than at Texas Tech, where Holgorsen coached for eight seasons. The Mountaineers lost 49-14 and quarterback Geno Smith was singled out by Holgorsen for the difficulty he had throwing with and into the wind.