Two years ago, Coach Mike Gundy hired offensive line coach Greg Adkins to come in and rebuild the Oklahoma State offensive line after the departure of Joe Wickline and Bob Connelly left the line in shambles. Now it appears, for the 4th time in five years, Oklahoma State will be looking to replace their o-line coach as Adkins has been fired.
First reported by the Tulsa World, Adkins termination is somewhat of a surprise considering the Cowboys just produced their first 1,000-rusher since 2012. By all accounts the offensive line has made major strides over the last couple of season under Adkins’ tutelage.
So why fire the guy that’s seemingly helped bring Oklahoma State back into conference title contention? Well, it may have something to do with the latest recruiting class. Coach Gundy said during his National Signing Day press conference that they had set out to sign four offensive linemen in this class, but that didn’t happen after some late decommitments.
“We were going to take four and I don’t know what the rules are, but everybody knows, we had a couple committed for a long, long time and we lost them,” Gundy said Wednesday. “It’s extremely difficult to make up ground in the third week of December at that particular position, especially on a four-year player. Sometimes you can grab someone on a two-year, and that was the most difficult aspect of this class. But we’ve faced that before here.”
Before coming to Oklahoma State, Adkins had coaching stints with the Buffalo Bills, Marshall, Georgia, USC, Tennessee and Syracuse.