Oklahoma State dealing with uncertainty

MURRAY EVANS Associated Press Published:

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- The departure of Oklahoma State's offensive coordinator and buzz about the Cowboys' defensive coordinator and head coach haven't distracted the team from its preparations to play Purdue in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Jan. 1.

The Cowboys (7-5) will be without Todd Monken, who left as offensive coordinator to become the head coach at Southern Mississippi. But Monken might not be the only coordinator coach Mike Gundy will have to replace. Defensive coordinator Bill Young -- a coaching veteran of 45 years -- has said he doesn't know how much longer he plans to coach, although he talked Thursday about recruiting and next season as if he will be back.

Gundy also was mentioned in connection with openings at Tennessee and Arkansas before opting to remain at his alma mater.