OSU football: New offensive analyst Bob Stitt respected, admired Oklahoma State from afar as lower-level head coach
When Bob Stitt was let go from Montana in November after three seasons as the Grizzlies’ head football coach, he didn’t know what he would do next. But he knew he didn’t want to step back.
Stitt, 59, had worked at the NAIA level, the NCAA Division II level and FCS. Logically, the next step would be his first FBS job — and he had an idea of what he could do there.
“I told my wife, ‘You know, I’d really like to go be an analyst at a place like Oklahoma State,’ ” Stitt said last week in a phone interview. “That’s what I said. Two months later, it happened.”
Stitt reached out to OSU offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich with interest in the offensive analyst position, and he’ll soon move to Stillwater to take over that job. He replaces A.J. Ricker, who left to become Kansas’ offensive line coach.
Football junkies know Stitt; his name reached mainstream college football when Dana Holgorsen gave him credit for the fly sweep motion that helped Tavon Austin and West Virginia explode for 70 points on Clemson in the 2012 Orange Bowl. Stitt perfected his offense as head coach at Colorado School of Mines from 2000-14, where he went 108-62 in 15 seasons.
He was 21-14 in three years at Montana, but his contract was not renewed after the 2017 season.
Now, Stitt, a Tecumseh, Nebraska, native, is excited for the opportunity to focus on X’s and O’s as an analyst. He said he plans to start after national signing day on Feb. 7.
“You’re never done learning,” Stitt said. “That’s what’s exciting for me. Get your juices flowing again.”
Stitt said he hadn’t met OSU coach Mike Gundy before taking the job but knew people who worked for him.
He respected the Oklahoma State head coach for the consistency the OSU program has had, but also for the move Gundy made to hire Yurcich from the Division II ranks in 2013.
Stitt was still at D-II Colorado School of Mines at the time and knew of Shippensburg’s successes on offense.
“I had a lot more admiration for coach Gundy to take a chance on (Yurcich),” Stitt said. “I really wanted him to succeed and he’s exceeded expectations, I think, and they’ve been good.”