Offensive coordinator Yurcich leaving OSU, going to Ohio State, per reports

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OSU coach Mike Gundy says offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich will likely be a head coach somewhere one day.

After a victory against Missouri in the Liberty Bowl, the Oklahoma State football team will have to search for a new offensive coordinator.

Mike Yurcich, the Cowboys' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, is returning to his home state of Ohio, according to multiple reports.

Yurcich is joining Ohio State's staff as the passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach, said Bruce Feldman, a FOX Sports reporter and writer for The Athletic, in a tweet Wednesday.

Tuesday, ESPN writer Adam Rittenberg said Yurcich is expected to head to Ohio State and become a member of the coaching staff for the 2019 season.

Scott Wright of The Oklahoman also reported the news and cited ESPN.

Yurcich made $800,000 last season at OSU.

Yurcich's two-year contract with Ohio State will pay him $950,000 annually, according to an Ohio State press release.

GoPokes.com's Robert Allen and Zach Lancaster reported that "a very reliable source" said Mike Yurcich's office was fully cleaned out, and the door was partway open with the key in it. Allen and Lancaster shared the news in a report called "Yurcich leaving" on Monday evening after OSU's bowl game.

GoPokes.com had reported that Tennessee offered its offensive coordinator position to Yurcich but he was also on Day's radar for an Ohio State coaching job.

Yurcich, 43, has been the Cowboys' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach since February 2013. Mike Gundy, OSU's coach, hired Yurcich from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania.

With Yurcich as offensive coordinator, OSU has posted four 10-win seasons. This season, the Cowboys ended 7-6 after defeating Missouri in Memphis. Since Yurcich joined the staff, OSU's record is 53-24.

Yurcich has coached multiple former Cowboys who are in the NFL, including James Washington and Mason Rudolph of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Chris Carson of the Seattle Seahawks and Marcell Ateman of the Oakland Raiders.

At a press conference before the Liberty Bowl, Gundy said he would love for Yurcich to stay but expected him to leave eventually, explaining that OSU couldn't match the pay other schools would offer him. Gundy said Yurcich is a coach who has been loyal and appreciative of OSU.

At a press conference after the bowl game, Gundy didn't say whether Yurcich was leaving or staying. Yurcich wasn't made available for postgame comments.

As possible replacements for Yurcich, Rittenberg listed Todd Monken, who previously coached as OSU's offensive coordinator, and Graham Harrell, the offensive coordinator at North Texas.

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