OSU football: Kasey Dunn hired as UNLV offensive coordinator, Joe Bob Clements a defensive coordinator candidate
STILLWATER — Oklahoma State receivers coach Kasey Dunn has been hired as the offensive coordinator at UNLV, Dunn confirmed to The Oklahoman Friday afternoon.
Dunn, who added the title of associate head coach last March, will be reunited with another former OSU assistant, Marcus Arroyo, who was recently hired as UNLV’s new head coach. The story was first reported by Las Vegas TV station Fox 5.
Dunn says he intends to remain with the No. 25 Cowboys through the Texas Bowl against Texas A&M next Friday.
Yet that might not be the end of Arroyo’s pull. OSU defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements is a candidate for the UNLV defensive coordinator job, as reported by FootballScoop.com and confirmed by The Oklahoman.
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Additionally, OSU offensive coordinator Sean Gleeson has been speculated as a candidate for the same position at Rutgers under new head coach Greg Schiano, according to NJ.com.
Even if Clements and Gleeson remain in their roles, OSU coach Mike Gundy has a tough job ahead filling the craterous hole left by Dunn’s departure.
He has been on Gundy’s staff since 2011, and has coached some of the Cowboys’ best receivers, including Justin Blackmon, James Washington and Tylan Wallace.
Known for his ability to identify, recruit and develop players, Dunn has been on track to see his career progress past assistant coach status.
He was named 2017 Receivers Coach of the Year by FootballScoop.com when Washington won the Biletnikoff Award.
Dunn was in consideration for OSU’s offensive coordinator job last winter, prior to Gleeson being hired. Afterward, Dunn received a raise and the additional title of associate head coach.
“Kasey has positioned himself to be a head coach in the near future,” Gundy said in March when Dunn’s new title was announced. “His discipline and dedication to OSU football has benefitted our program in a huge way. He has a track record of player success that speaks for itself.”
The loss of Dunn, such a reliable and important piece of the OSU program for nearly a decade, will sting in recruiting, coaching and the maintaining of the culture Gundy has worked tirelessly to build.
Dunn is expected to have play-calling duties at UNLV, which has begun to show an inspired financial commitment to football.
Arroyo was hired as UNLV’s head coach on Dec. 11, getting a contract that was reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal to be $1.5 million per year, well more than the $600,000 former coach Tony Sanchez made this season. No UNLV assistant made more than $250,000.
The team will move into a new $1.8 billion domed stadium that it will share with the NFL’s Raiders beginning next season.
Dunn made $600,000 this season at OSU. Clements’ current salary is $420,000.
Arroyo was the running backs coach at OSU in 2015-16 before leaving for Oregon to become the offensive coordinator. Last offseason, he made a push to get Dunn on the Ducks staff.
Gundy was not expected to make a public comment on Dunn’s departure Friday, according to an OSU official. Gundy and the Cowboys are set to arrive in Houston on Saturday to begin on-site preparations for the Texas Bowl.