November 9, 2012

Back in town

Coach Mike Gundy stood at a crossroads at the end of the 2009 season.

His staff lacked an offensive coordinator, his quarterback was graduating, and his preseason top-10 team had struggled to keep up with the expectations.

During that off season is when he, along with others, made the decision to change the direction of the program. Instead of shaping the offense around the dual-threat abilities of Zac Robinson-style quarterbacks, he brought in a specialist that would cater to a 26-year old pocket-passing quarterback named Brandon Weeden.

A BCS win and a Big 12 Championship later, and the offense he decided to go with is engrained in Oklahoma State much like the orange and black the team proudly fights for every Saturday.

It all started with the shaggy-haired man who will line up opposite Gundy on Saturday, West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen, but it's finishing even stronger with his successor who's even better.

"I think you look back at your career and you try to examine what you've done well and what you haven't," Gundy said. "The first one we hired was Dana, that was a good move."

Holgorsen started it all for Gundy's squad, and his abrupt departure after an 11-2 2010 season was surprising to even his head coach. A decision for OSU's head man came again, and this time he pulled from the NFL ranks, nabbing Jacksonville Jaguar quarterback coach Todd Monken.

Gundy said numerous times that he didn't want to change the offensive system, but didn't expand much beyond that...

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