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Bob Stoops, Joe Castiglione among OU's best off-the-field duos

BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Published: August 29, 2011
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Landry Jones and Ryan Broyles aren't the only standout Dynamic Duo in Norman. Here's a look at two of the most important duos tied to OU football:

* Coach Bob Stoops and athletic director Joe Castiglione: Stoops repeatedly has said a key to the Sooners' success is consistent administration support. Castiglione hired Stoops a year after taking the job, a pivotal hire that launched Stoops' career and helped restore OU's rich tradition. Castiglione and Stoops disagree at times on scheduling, but they're arguably the best coach/AD duo in the nation.

* Defensive coordinator Brent Venables and offensive coordinator Josh Heupel: Brent Venables is one of only four coaches that have been with Stoops since the start 13 years ago. Entering his ninth year as defensive coordinator, Venables gives the program stability. His ability to work with several different offensive coordinators underscores his value. First-year offensive coordinator Josh Heupel has been with Stoops all but one season, two years as his starting quarterback and 10 years on staff, starting as a graduate assistant. Heupel has helped develop two Heisman quarterbacks and another that's a viable candidate this season.