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OSU Football: Bedenbaugh the next OC?

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Bill Bedenbaugh’s name is one that has been floated as a possibility to fill the offensive coordinator job at Oklahoma State.

I doubt the Arizona co-offensive coordinator will get the job — too many other possibilities seem more feasible — but crossing paths with him yesterday in San Antonio was definitely interesting.

He is a barrel-chested former offensive lineman, but his personality reminds me a lot of Dana Holgorson, the Cowboys’ departing offensive coordinator. Bedenbaugh is an affable guy and a straight shooter. Close your eyes and listen to him talk, and he even sounds a bit like Holgorsen.

Maybe it’s to be expected, both because of geography and background.

First, the geography. Both Holgorsen and Bedenbaugh played football at Iowa Wesleyan, so they have a bit of that upper Midwest accent going on.It’s the sort of thing that we’ve become accustomed to in our fair state in the past decade. You can’t throw an out route without hitting a coach from that part of the world. Tim Beckman. Bob Stoops. Mike Stoops. Bo Pelini. Kevin Wilson. All hail from the chilly confines of the upper Midwest.

But Bedenbaugh is also a lot like Holgorsen because both are Mike Leach disciples. They coached for Mr. Pirate at Texas Tech, and both seem to have picked up some of his wry disposition.

When Arizona offensive lineman Adam Grant joked Sunday that he’d done a little abs workout with one of the walruses during the team’s visit to Sea World, Bedenbaugh couldn’t pass up an opportunity to gig.

“Was it your first one?” he asked.

Because of his ties to Holgorsen, he’s likely to at least get a look from the Cowboys. Since he has never called plays — his co-coordinator Seth Littrell does that for the Wildcats — he is probably not going to be the one to replace his former college teammate.

Too bad. Seems like he’d be grand fun to have around.

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Jenni Carlson

Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football... Read more ›

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