Oklahoma State still has yet to replace Glenn Spencer, who was fired as the Cowboys defensive coordinator following the 2017 season.
Duke defensive coordinator Jim Knowles has reportedly spoken with Oklahoma State about the opening, and he is the “most likely hire,” according to GoPokes.com.
Knowles has been with Duke since 2010, when he took over as the Blue Devils defensive coordinator after a 6-year stint as Cornell’s head coach.
In 2017, Duke ranked No. 16 nationally in third down conversion percentage defense, No. 2 in fourth down conversion percentage defense, No. 8 in defesnive touchdowns and No. 21 in scoring defense.
If Knowles is the coach for Oklahoma State, his defensive pedigree will undoubtedly be a huge bonus for a program that’s struggled in the offense-happy Big 12.
Knowles was one of the names reported by ESPN’s Jake Trotter to be in discussion with Oklahoma State about the position. The other candidates include Tulane defensive coordinator Jack Curtis, Troy defensive coordinator Vic Koenning and South Carolina assistant head coach Lance Thompson.