Yesterday we reported that with Oklahoma State's running back coach, Jemal Singleton, heading to Arkansas, Mike Gundy now has three coaching positions to fill on the offensive side of the ball. Less than 24 hours later, it looks like one of those positions may be filled. FootballScoop.com is reporting Mike Gundy has found his next offensive line coach.
Oklahoma State: Former Buffalo Bills tight ends coach Greg Adkins will become the new offensive line coach at Oklahoma State, per source. Adkins was with the Bills the past two seasons and previously coached the offensive line at Syracuse, Tennessee, Troy and Georgia.
Oklahoma State has yet to make an official comment, but if reports are true, Adkins would be filling the vacancy left after Bob Connelly bolted Stillwater after just one season for the sunny shores of Southern California.
Adkins will have his work cut out for him, but he'll have plenty to work with. The Cowboys are coming off a season where a patchwork o-line took the brunt of the blame for a disastrous five game losing streak through October and November. The line is expected to be vastly improved from a year ago. At the end of the season the line got some depth back from injury, and the Pokes, behind Freshman QB Mason Rudolph, made a statement with big wins against Oklahoma and Washington. A lot of that talent is returning this season, and the Cowboys loaded up some more talent on the line in the 2015 recruiting class.
For the last two season Adkins has coached tight ends for the Buffalo Bills, but he has a long history of coaching offensive line in the college ranks.
In 1991 Adkins got his coaching start at Marshall where he earned four letters as a player and was the team captain his senior year. He coached the defensive line, tight ends, and offensive line. In 1992 Marshall led their conference in rush defense, and from 1993 to 1995 the Thundering Herd led the conference in scoring.
In 1996 Adkins made the move to the vaunted SEC, coaching defensive line at Georgia. In 1997 he moved from defense to offense for the Bulldogs, coaching the offensive line and tight ends. During his time in the Peach State the Bulldogs averaged eight wins a season.
Adkins left Georgia in 2001 for Troy where he coached the offensive line for the Trojans and was their recruiting coordinator for two season. In 2003 it was back to the SEC for Adkins. This time as a Volunteer where he spent six years coaching Tennessee's offensive line. In 2007 Tennessee allowed just four sacks, and had the 3,000 yard passer, 1,000 yard rusher, and 1,000 yard receiver trifecta!
In 2009 traded one orange for another, and became Syracuse's Offensive Line coach and Recruiting Coordinator. The Orange saw a dramatic bump in offensive efficiency that year, and in 2009 and 2010 the Orange had 1,000 yard rushers.
If the report is true, Adkins would be an welcomed addition to the Pokes, and it shouldn't take him long to get adjusted to a little bit brighter shade of orange!