Cowboys dealing with uncertainty before Heart of Dallas Bowl game with Purdue Boilermakers

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- The departure of Oklahoma State's offensive coordinator and buzz about the Cowboys' defensive coordinator and head coach haven't distracted the team from its bowl preparations.

Oklahoma State (7-5) will play Purdue (6-6) in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Jan. 1.

The Cowboys definitely will be without Todd Monken, who left as offensive coordinator to become the head coach at Southern Mississippi.

But Monken might not be the only coordinator head coach Mike Gundy will have to replace.

Defensive coordinator Bill Young -- a coaching veteran of 45 years -- has said he doesn't know how much longer he plans to coach, although he talked Thursday about recruiting and next season as if he will be back.

Gundy also was mentioned in connection with openings at Tennessee and Arkansas before opting to remain at his alma mater.

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