With Mike Yurcich officially on the move, Mike Gundy is tasked with replacing a coordinator for a second consecutive offseason.
Gundy has an intriguing pool of candidates from which to choose as his next offensive coordinator. Graham Harrell at North Texas is a name to monitor, though he seems content with his situation. Todd Monken, too, though he could be an NFL head coach this time next month. Currently, he’s in limbo.
But one unlikely name that has emerged as an unlikely, but nonetheless intriguing, candidate as the search officially wages on: Eastern Washington offensive coordinator Bodie Reeder.
Sources tell PFB that Reeder will be considered among many names to succeed Yurcich as the next offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State. (GoPokes.com mentioned Reeder as a potential candidate on Wednesday night, too.)
Reeder fits the profile of a hire Gundy would make. Before taking over FCS power Eastern Washington as its playcaller and quarterbacks coach, where he’s been for two seasons, Reeder was an assistant at Oklahoma State alongside Yurcich. He worked with the quarterbacks, specifically, and as a quality control coach for three seasons. He was heavily involved with the development of Mason Rudolph.
Adding to the case for Reeder as an ideal fit is the fact that he’s young and considered a rising star with a wide imagination in playcalling. Similar to the Yurcich hire in 2013, Reeder has never had an opportunity at this level or this magnitude. OSU can likely afford him with ease, and the goal for Gundy, as it was with Yurcich, would be clear: Take a chance on a young up-and-comer, control his contract, and keep him in town for the long haul.
Going with Reeder, as opposed to hiring, say, Graham Harrell or Todd Monken, likely means Gundy wouldn’t have to replace his offensive coordinator again in two seasons when he inevitably takes another higher profile gig, as Monken or Harrell almost certainly would. It also means Gundy would be hiring a less experienced coach on the whole, as opposed to in-house candidates like Kasey Dunn or Josh Henson, something surely in the back of Gundy’s mind as well.
Reeder and Eastern Washington’s offense are putting up 44.5 points per game this season, third in the nation at the FCS level, and rank 17th nationally in passing offense with 277.4 yards passing per game. The run game is elite, too, as EWU averages 263 yards per game, which ranks 10th in the country.
Eastern Washington and Reeder will be in action for their season finale on Saturday in the FCS championship.