In what can best be described as a shocking announcement, Penn State is making a change at offensive coordinator. After just one season with the Nittany Lions, James Franklin has fired Kirk Ciarrocca, and announced that Mike Yurcich will be taking his place. Yurcich spent the 2020 season with Texas. Yurcich will also coach quarterbacks.
Yurcich joined the Longhorns after just one season in Columbus on Ryan Day's staff as the Buckeye's passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Prior to that, he had spent six seasons on Mike Gundy's staff with Oklahoma State.
He brings plenty of Pennsylvania connections to the staff as well. After playing college football with California University of Pennsylvania, he spent six seasons as a coach at Edinboro, and two more with Shippensburg.
Explosive offenses seem to follow Yurcich wherever he goes. In his one season with the Longhorns, he led the the offense to 42.7 points per game (eighth in FBS), 475.4 yards per game (19th), and top-40 finishes in both passing offense (27th, 280.1 yards per game) and rushing (37th, 195.3 yards per game). The 42.7 points per game is second all-time in Texas' lengthy football history.
Yurcich has coached the likes of Justin Fields, Sam Ehlinger, and Mason Rudolph to record-setting seasons at Ohio State, Texas, and Oklahoma State.