Oklahoma State tabs OL coach

Oklahoma State has its replacement for longtime offensive line coach Joe Wickline, who bolted to join Charlie Strong's staff at Texas.

Connelly, who has been coaching at the college level since 1995, has experience coaching offensive line at Washington State, UCLA, Alabama and Arizona State. Connelly joined Todd Graham's staff at Arizona State in 2012 but was fired after just one season there.

Connelly spent last season coaching high schoolin Arizona. Earlier this week, Connelly was announced as an assistant at Georgia Southern.

This is an important hire for Gundy. Under Wickline, who was part of Gundy's original staff, Oklahoma State had one of the best offensive lines in the Big 12 on an annual basis. That in turn allowed the Cowboys to have one of the league's best offenses, as well.

Gundy reportedly also showed interest in Oregon State’s Mike Cavanaugh for the position. But Beavers head coach Mike Riley indicated in a tweet Thursday night that Cavanaugh would be staying in Corvallis.