John Hoover

John E. Hoover: OSU locks down Mike Yurcich with record contract

John E. Hoover: OSU locks down Mike Yurcich with record contract

In this Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 photo, Mike Yurcich, Oklahoma State offensive coordinator, watches warm-ups before an NCAA college football game against Southeastern Louisiana in Stillwater, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich is now among the Big 12 Conference’s top-paid football assistants.

According to the Tulsa World, Yurcich got a $200,000 pay raise to $800,000 a year. When Yurcich arrived in Stillwater from Division II Shippensburg State, he was making $52,500.

Yurcich is now the highest-paid assistant coach in OSU history.

Mike Gundy’s new defensive coordinator, Jim Knowles, got a $600,000 salary when he arrived this year from Duke.

Gundy has long sought more money for his assistants, even declining to sign his contract for several months as he negotiated more money for his staff and a bigger recruiting budget.

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Columnist John E. Hoover is co-host of “The Franchise Drive” every weeknight from 6-8 on The Franchise in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, and appears throughout the day on other shows on The Franchise. Listen at fm107.7 in OKC, fm107.9/am1270 in Tulsa, on The Franchise app, or click the “Listen” tab on The Franchise home page. Hoover also covers the Big 12 for Sporting News and Lindy’s magazine and is a feature writer for Sooner Spectator magazine. Visit his personal page at johnehoover.com.

John Hoover

Hoover wrote for the Tulsa World for 24 years before joining The Franchise, where he's now co-host of "Further Review" on The Franchise Tulsa (weekdays 12-3, fm107.9/am1270) . In his time at the World, Hoover won numerous writing and reporting awards, including in 2011 National Beat Writer of the Year from the Associated Press Sports Editors for his work covering the Oklahoma Sooners. Hoover also covered Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Oral Roberts and the NFL as a beat writer. From 2012 to 2016, Hoover was the World's lead sports columnist. As a columnist, Hoover won national awards in 2012 and 2014 from the National Athletic Trainers Association for reporting on sports medicine and in 2015 won first place in sports columns from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists. After receiving a journalism degree from East Central University, Hoover worked at newspapers in Ada, Okmulgee, Tahlequah and Waynesville, Mo. He played football at Ada High School and grew up in North Pole, Alaska. Hoover and his family live in Broken Arrow.

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