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Dave Baldwin To Be OSU OC

Colorado St. OC Dave Baldwin to take same position at Oregon St.
Colorado St. OC Dave Baldwin to take same position at Oregon St.
(Photo via Las Vegas Bowl)

New Oregon St. head football coach Gary Andersen has finally chosen his Offensive Coordinator, and its someone he's familiar with. Pac-12 fans will recognize Dave Baldwin most recently from the Las Vegas Bowl, where he served as the interim head coach, in a 45-10 loss to Utah, and recent season opening games against Colorado, as he has been the Offensive Coordinator for Colorado St. for the last 3 seasons, but became a free agent in the wake of Florida hiring Rams coach Jim McElwain.

Prior to that, Baldwin was Andersen's Offensive Coordinator for the first 3 of Andersen's 4 seasons at Utah St.

Baldwin, 59, is a long time Offensive Coordinator, having held that position in the dual role as quarterbacks coach for 2 seasons before that at New Mexico, and before that, for 4 year stints at Michigan St. (as OC & Tight Ends coach) and Baylor (again as OC & QB coach), and as the Cincinnati OC for a year.

He was the head coach at San Jose St. for 4 years, from 1997 through 2000, taking the Spartans to a bowl game one time, and for 2 years before that at FCS Cal-State Northridge. He went 9-12 at Northridge, but 7-4 in his second season, and was 18-27 at San Jose St.

He has 4 years of then Pac-10 experience, as the Stanford Wide Receivers coach from 1985 thru 1988, following 4 years as the WR coach at San Jose St.

Baldwin is a spread offense proponent, in line with Andersen's plans, and developed Rashard Higgins into a 1750 yard, 17 touchdown Wide Receiver, Dee Hart into a 1275 yard, 16 touchdown running back, and Garrett Grayson into a quarterback who threw 32 touchdowns, against only 7 interceptions, in route to a 10-3 season this year at Colorado St.

Andersen's next priority be to decide on the quarterbacks coach, with a decision expected imminently.