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High Noon Highlights(12/30): Mike Yurcich named offensive coordinator at Texas

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Mike Yurcich hired at Texas:

Former Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich has been hired on at the University of Texas after a year at Ohio State.

“He knows our conference well from his time at Oklahoma State and, including the run he had with Ohio State this year, has played a big part in some of the nation’s best offenses for the past several years. All of that said, what impresses me most about him is how he works with and develops players and the creative ways he utilizes all of his weapons on offense.”

In a search that also included a reported interest in USC offensive coordinator Graham Harrell and new Penn State offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca, Herman honed in on Yurcich, who spent six seasons in Stillwater under Mike Gundy before joining Ohio State this year.

In fact, Yurcich emerged as the runaway favorite to take over for Beck in the last week, including Herman speaking about the coordinator search in the past tense in San Antonio on Friday as his team prepared for the Texas Bowl.{Burnt Orange Nation}

This will certainly make the game against Texas to end the regular season in 2020 interesting.

Grayson Boomer to play at Tulsa:

After enter the transfer porter earlier this month, we now know where tight end Grayson Boomer will end up. He committed to the University of Tulsa on Sunday.

Former Oklahoma State and Collinsville tight end Grayson Boomer, brother of TU backup quarterback Seth, announced his commitment to the Golden Hurricane via Twitter on Sunday. The tweet featured an old picture of Grayson and Seth when they were younger. {Tulsa World}

Issac Likekele’s return gives Cowboys energy:

After yesterday’s win against Southeaster Louisiana, Issac Likekele described what it was like to be back on the court after missing quite a bit of time with an undisclosed illness.

“It feels great just being out there with my brothers,” Likekele said. “I got to put in a hard week of practice with them, and just going out there and just having fun, that’s what it was really about today. Having fun and establishing a rhythm.”

Likekele, OSU’s sophomore starting point guard, played for 19 minutes and 13 seconds and contributed nine points, three rebounds and a team-high four assists.

Coach Mike Boynton described some of the unquantifiable qualities Likekele infuses into his team.

“He makes the game easier for a lot of the guys,” Boynton said. “He brings a confidence and a competitive edge to us that we don’t have a ton of yet, right now, because a lot of our younger guys just don’t understand what it takes to compete every play yet.”{O’colly}

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