Shortly after Oklahoma State’s 38-33 victory over Missouri in the Liberty Bowl on New Year’s Eve, a report came out from Oklahoma State’s 247Sports affiliate site that claimed offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich was leaving the Cowboys’ program.
“Mike Yurcich, Oklahoma State’s Offensive Coordinator since 2013, will no longer be with the program following the Liberty Bowl,” GoPokes247 reported. “A very reliable source told Go Pokes before the Liberty Bowl that the door to Yurcich’s office was half open with the key left in it and his office was completely cleaned out.”
That report surfaced in time for Oklahoma State Mike Gundy to be asked about it in the post-game press conference after the Liberty Bowl. But Gundy didn’t offer up much in the way of an update or elaboration.
“I’ve got no idea what his office looks like to be honest with you, I mean, seriously,” Gundy said following the Cowboys’ win in the Liberty Bowl. “I don’t know. Let’s just stick with the bowl right now. These guys have played a great game.
“I know you gotta do your job, but let’s just stay with the bowl performance and everything going on here right now.”
Aside from the report from GoPokes247, there haven’t been any other reports indicating Yurcich has already left Oklahoma State’s program.
It was reported on Sunday that Tennessee had officially offered Yurcich the offensive coordinator position at UT, and that was followed up by another report saying Tennessee’s pursuit of Yurcich was sped up because of interest being shown by Ohio State. Yurcich was born in Euclid, Ohio, an inner suburb of Cleveland.
Even though Tennessee offered Yurcich and that offer reportedly involved a “substantial bump” in pay for him, it appears Ohio State could be the team he ultimately chooses should he leave Oklahoma State.
According to long-time Knoxville media member John Brice, Yurcich is expected to join Ryan Day’s staff with the Buckeyes in some capacity after Ohio State’s game in the Rose Bowl on January 1st.
— John Brice (@JohnDBrice1) January 1, 2019
Yurcich has been the offensive coordinator for Oklahoma State since 2013, and he helped lead the Cowboys’ offense to over 38 points per game and 500 yards per game in 2018. He was making $800,000 annually at Oklahoma State after receiving a raise in June of 2018.
Tennessee has been without an offensive coordinator since late November when Tyson Helton left the Vols’ program to accept the head coaching position at Western Kentucky.