OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -Oklahoma State hired Bill Young on Tuesday to be its defensive coordinator, luring him back to his alma mater from Miami.
Young played at Oklahoma State from 1965-67 and has had two previous stints on the coaching staff.
Young, 62, had told a Miami newspaper earlier this week that deciding between coaching with the Hurricanes or Cowboys left him ``very torn.''
``It means a lot to me to come back to OSU because I am a graduate, I played there and now we are back as part of the Cowboy family,'' Young said in a statement. ``My wife and I are very excited to get back to Stillwater and Oklahoma State.''
Young fills the last of four vacancies on coach Mike Gundy's staff. The defensive coordinator's job was the most prominent, vacated in early December when Tim Beckman left after two seasons to become the head coach at Toledo.
truggled defensively.
They finished 93rd among 119 teams in total defense, allowing 405.54 yards per game, and 76th in scoring defense at 28.1 points per game.
Miami was 28th in total defense (317.46) and 56th in scoring defense (24.1) last season.
``I understand and respect Bill's strong ties to his alma mater and his family's ties to Oklahoma,'' Miami coach Randy Shannon said. ``I will be looking for the best possible defensive coordinator to replace him. If that candidate is not out there, those responsibilities will fall to me.''
Young spent one season at Miami. In 2007, he was defensive coordinator for Kansas and the Jayhawks ranked 12th in the country in yards allowed.
``He's been successful everywhere he's been,'' Gundy said in a statement. ``He will bring a great deal of experience to the defensive side of the ball and he is very familiar with our conference. It's great to have an OSU graduate and a former player as an addition to the staff.''

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