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January 24, 2013

Gundy edges closer to a full staff

Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy's 2012-13 offseason has had the most staff turnover since he took the reigns in 2005, with offensive coordinator Todd Monken taking the head coach job at Southern Miss, inside receivers coach Doug Meacham moving to Houston to be their offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator Bill Young's contract not being renewed.

immediately promoted Glenn Spencer from his co-coordinator spot on defense and filled the vacancy on the defensive line with Kansas State's Joe Bob Clements. On Thursday, the eighth-year head coach moved one step closer to getting his staff back to full strength by hiring Wyoming receivers coach Jason Ray as a receivers coach.

Oklahoma State fans might remember Ray from his playing days; either as a receiver at Missouri from 2003-07 or as a prepster from Porter, Okla who attended Broken Arrow High School. After exhausting his eligibility, Ray quickly started his career as a collegiate coach. He spent three seasons as Wyoming's running backs coach, before moving to receivers for the 2012 season. Gundy expects Ray's youth and energy to be a boon for OSU.

"We're very excited to add Jason Ray to the staff," Gundy said. "He is an enthusiastic coach who brings a lot of energy to the staff. He has a great offensive mind."

In its release, OSU did not specify whether Ray would assume Meacham's duties in coaching inside receivers. Rather, it just said "receivers" which could leave open the possibility of current outside receivers Kasey Dunn moving to the inside.

At Wyoming, Ray's recruiting territory included Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.

With the hire of Ray, Gundy's staff is one spot short of being complete again. That's an important spot, coordinating one of the nation's top offenses. Little information has been available on Gundy's search for Monken's replacement, but it is believed the delay in making a hire can be traced to one or more candidates currently coaching in the NFL.

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