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Knowles a ‘priority’ to keep on staff

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Coach Mike Gundy plans to keep defensive coordinator Jim Knowles around next season.

Knowles has been a name floated around in coaching searches both as a head coach and coordinator. With the coaching carousel beginning to ramp up, Knowles is a top priority for Gundy.

“Well, it’s been a priority all year. It’s not a matter of finding a way to keep him, it’s a matter of providing him with something that puts him at a level that he deserves to be at based on his success,” Gundy said.

Knowles, in his fourth year at OSU, was named a finalist for the Broyles Award, an award given to the country's top assistant coaches. He has also transformed the OSU defense in his time with the Cowboys. His defense leads the country in sacks and third in total defense.

Making him a priority to remain on staff.

“I am fairly certain that he’ll be coaching here next year,” Gundy said. “I don’t know, I mean, the Green Bay Packers may offer him $3 million. I can’t say for sure, but within reason, I’m very, very certain that he’ll be coaching here next year.

“If you want to play with the big boys, and that’s your goal and that’s the philosophy of the people in the organization and fans, you got to get into the same boat.”