Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich is reportedly leaving the program after the team’s 38-33 win over Missouri in the Liberty Bowl on Monday night.
Yurcich has spent the last six seasons as the Cowboys’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach and has emerged as one of the top assistant coaches in college football.
According to ESPN, he’ll be joining Ryan Day’s staff following the Rose Bowl.
He had been offered the offensive coordinator position at Tennessee according to 247 Sports and Austin Ward of Letterman Row reported late last week that he could take new head coach Ryan Day’s former role as co-offensive coordinator with Kevin Wilson as well as quarterbacks coach.
He was also mentioned as a potential candidate for the Akron head coaching position before the job was ultimately given to Tom Arth.
As the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State, Yurcich has led one of the top offenses in college football averaging 38 points and over 478 yards of offense per game during his six years there.
Despite going 7-6 this season, Oklahoma State ranked 15th in offensive yards (6,000) and 18th in scoring (461 points) under Yurcich’s direction.
He has also coached some talented players that have gone on to have success in the NFL like Tyreek Hill of the Kansas City Chiefs and Chris Carson of the Seattle Seahawks.
Yurcich is also a native of Ohio as he was born and raised in Euclid and also attended Mount Union College before transferring to California University in Pennsylvania where he was quarterback.
It makes sense for Day to target Yurcich as his replacement as QB coach and co-offensive coordinator based on how Day was running the offense for the Buckeyes this season as a pass-first offense led by quarterback Dwayne Haskins who broke multiple school and Big Ten records.
If Day wants to continue the passing attack, Yurcich is the perfect fit for the Buckeyes offense going forward if he chooses to come to Ohio State.
Obviously he’ll have to share the coordinator position with Wilson and that could’ve playee a factor in his decision between Ohio State and Tennessee but ultimately it appears that he’s choosing the Buckeyes.