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Ohio State Poaches Two More Defensive Coaches from Oklahoma State

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The world of the college football offseason is quite a brutal place these days, and it hasn’t been particularly kind to Mike Gundy and the Oklahoma State Cowboys as of late.

About six weeks ago, Jim Knowles coached his final game as a Cowboy in the Big 12 Championship against Baylor, and now is in Columbus, Ohio, with the Ohio State Buckeyes. As it turns out, he won’t be the only defensive coach from Oklahoma State that will have a change of scenery in 2022.


Ohio State has hired two defensive assistants from Oklahoma State’s staff, defensive graduate assistant Michael Hunter and defensive quality control coach Koy McFarland, according to John Brice of FootballScoop.

Hunter and McFarland will likely serve in off-field roles, according to Brice but their positions haven’t been released to the public at the time of this article.

Michael Hunter played at both Indiana and Oklahoma State as a cornerback in college, while McFarland played at Arkansas-Monticello before joining OSU as a grad assistant. McFarland took over coaching linebackers after Jim Knowles left for Ohio State during prep work for the Fiesta Bowl and earned the praise of defensive line coach and play-caller Joe Bob Clements in the process.

“I think Koy has done a great job,” Clements said of McFarland at the Fiesta Bowl. “He’s going to be a star in this profession. He’s a bright young coach. He has a very bright mind when it comes to football. He was a coach’s kid growing up. He’s been around the game for a long, long time. I think he’s going to have a bright future in this profession.”


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