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Daily Bullets (October 3)



Yurcich staying?

Among the names reportedly in the mix for the newly-vacated UTEP job this week were OSU offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich and Texas Tech OC Eric Morris, among others, but neither were tabbed as the head coach when the school named an interim coach on Monday.

Instead, the school has named Mike Price — a former UTEP coach — to fill the role.

Mike Price has been named interim coach at UTEP, the program he led from 2004 to 2012 before retiring.

“I was surprised and flattered by Bob’s call and appreciate the opportunity to help this program one more time,” Price said in a prepared statement. “I am not interviewing for the future job, and I’m not going to be the future head coach. I’m going to manage the program and provide leadership for the rest of the year.” [ESPN]

Price will coach the 0-5 Miners the rest of the year and then the school will conduct a coaching search again for a non-interim position, of which Yurcich will likely be considered again along with what will surely be other offers this offseason as well.

Mike Gundy sticking with Philly

Despite going 2-for-4 with a double boinker in Lubbock on Saturday from 22 and 18 yards, Mike Gundy says he’s sticking with Philadelphia native Matt Ammendola at the kicking spot, chalking the Texas Tech game up to a bad day in the office.

“We’re not going to change anything,” Gundy said. “Matt’s the best guy. He didn’t have a good day.” [Tulsa World]

OSU was fortunate to survive Saturday with the miscues in the kicking game, and how weird is it to have a kicker everyone is confident in from 40+ but nervous about from 30 yards in? Let’s hope Ammendola can get his woes fixed as the heart of the schedule looms. That Texas-West Virginia-Oklahoma-Iowa State slate in late October/early November is looking pretty daunting, and even more so if OSU brings in a shaky kicker.

OSU and NCAA Notes

Rudolph named Big 12 offensive player of the week .. OSU women’s golf enters the final round of the Windy City Collegiate Classic with an eight stroke lead over the field after firing a 278 on Monday … notes from Gundy’s postgame presser vs. Tech

Darrion Daniels: V good at singing.

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Why sports has a fake news problem .. Loved this profile from John Helsley on Spencer Sanders — OSU’s starting QB next season (?) .. this on LaVar Ball pulling his 16-year-old son out of high school was good

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