Penn State Football Fires Offensive Coordinator Mike Yurcich
Update, 2:35 p.m.
A spokesperson from Penn State Athletics confirmed Yurcich’s firing in an emailed statement to the media Sunday afternoon. His firing will be effective immediately. In the meantime, running backs coach Ja’Juan Seider and tight ends coach Ty Howle will operate as the team’s offensive coordinators in an interim capacity for the remainder of the season.
“We thank Mike for his contributions over the last three years but feel it is in our program’s best interest to make a change at this time,” head coach James Franklin said in the email. “We wish him and his family nothing but the best in the future.”
Penn State football has reportedly fired offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich, as first reported by the Centre Daily Times’ Jon Sauber. Yurcich’s reported termination comes near the close of his third year with the Nittany Lions.
Sources: Penn State has fired offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich.https://t.co/8fy7B5UH3O— Jon Sauber (@JonSauber) November 12, 2023
Yurcich, who was also Penn State’s quarterbacks coach, led the Nittany Lions to a 12-game streak where his offense scored 30 or more points between 2022-23. However, his offense stalled against Ohio State in October, scoring just 12 points in Columbus. Against Michigan, in what was Yurcich’s final game, the offense scored 15 points.
After Penn State’s loss to the Wolverines, Franklin appeared frustrated with the way that his offensive coordinator handled his play-calling duties and management of quarterback Drew Allar.
“We have to do a better job of calling a game to allow a quarterback to get into rhythm,” Franklin said. “That is critical. We have to find easy completions for a quarterback to get in rhythm. That’s what everybody does.”
Before coming to Penn State, Yurcich served as the offensive coordinator for Texas and Oklahoma State and was the quarterbacks coach for Texas and Ohio State.
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