College coaching is a high turnover business, so the likelihood of a head coach having to face against former assistants or even players is pretty high, especially the longer they’re tenured at one place.
It’s nothing new for Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy, who has gone up against plenty of former assistants during his 15 years in Stillwater. This year, OSU will see five faces on new teams on the 2020 schedule.
Larry Fedora - Baylor Offensive Coordinator
The former North Carolina and Southern Mississippi head coach will serve as new Baylor coach Dave Aranda’s offensive coordinator. Fedora served as Mike Gundy’s OC during his first three seasons (2005-07) at OSU.
Joe Wickline - Baylor Offensive Line coach
This won’t be the first time Gundy faces his former offensive line coach as Wickline has worked at Texas (2014-15) and West Virginia (2016-18) since leaving Stillwater after the 2013 season.
This is actually Wickline’s second stint as Baylor’s o-line coach, as he also directed the unit from 1997-98.
Mike Yurcich - Texas Offensive Coordinator
After one season as the passing game coordinator and quarterback coach at Ohio State, the former OSU OC (2013-18) will now take over the offense for Tom Herman in Austin.
OSU went 5-1 against Texas during Yurcich’s time in Stillwater. So I guess if you can’t beat ‘em, then hire ‘em.
JW Walsh - Texas Offensive Analyst
One of the guys Yurich coached at OSU will help him run the offense in Austin. The former OSU quarterback spent the past three seasons coaching running backs at FCS Abilene Christian. He was also a graduate assistant at TCU in 2016.
Doug Meacham - TCU Inside Receivers / Tight Ends Coach
Oh Doug, we meet again. The former OSU IWR/TE coach (2005-12) is starting his second stint with TCU this year. Meacham spent three seasons as the Horned Frogs’ IWR/Co-OC from 2014-16 before two seasons as the OC/QB coach at Kansas.