Former Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen left for West Virginia after the Cowboys' bowl game, but was hired by the Mountaineers in mid-December.
Before replacing Holgorsen, coach Mike Gundy dealt with the bowl game, then had to wait for his two best returning offensive talents to make up their mind.
His latest distraction from the hire, the late recruiting blitz before signing day, ends today, and he wants a hire in place very soon, according to a report in the Tulsa World.
"My goal is to finish it in 10 days to two weeks [after signing day]," Gundy told the paper. "I haven’t spent more than 10 minutes on it since Dana left, because of (recruiting). These last 15 days of recruiting, I’ve been all over the country.
"There’s been so much going on that I didn’t have much time to think. Plus, the majority of the people we would be interested in are also trying to recruit for other schools. I didn’t want to disrupt [the recruiting process] at other schools."
One hot name for the job has been former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach, who spent last season living in Key West, Fla., and calling games for CBS College Sports after being fired by Texas Tech before the Alamo Bowl in 2009.
Gundy called Leach "a considerable long-shot" at being the new coordinator.
"I don’t think that he’ll be an assistant coach anymore. I don’t talk to a lot of people in coaching, but he and I have had a relationship," Gundy said. "We’ve talked, but we haven’t talked about any opportunity to be an assistant coach [at OSU]."
Gundy also said becoming his own offensive coordinator again is a long-shot, but the Tulsa report lists these candidates for the job, outside of current OSU staffers Doug Meacham, who coaches receivers and offensive line coach Joe Wickline:
Kenny Edenfield, OC, Troy
Jason Phillips, OC, Houston
Nick Rolovich, OC, Hawaii
Every other campus should cool down after signing day, but in Stillwater, things could heat up quickly as the job search gets underway.