If Wilson leaves, who takes over as o-coordinator?
A source out of East Carolina told me this morning that Kevin Wilson has interviewed for the job at East Carolina, and interviewed well.
If ECU athletic director Terry Holland settles on Wilson (Holland is also interviewing Ruffin McNeill and possibly Mike Shula), he could make the announcement within the next 24 hours.
That means Bob Stoops will be looking for his fifth offensive coordinator.
He won’t have to look far.
Look for Stoops to promote either WRs coach Jay Norvell or QBs coach Josh Heupel to offensive coordinator, and make the other assistant coordinator.
Stoops will have a difficult decision choosing between the two.
Norvell has experience calling plays. But not much. While he was the offensive coordinator at Nebraska from 2004-06, he wasn’t the play caller there. Head coach Bill Callahan was. Norvell, however, left for UCLA in 2007 to call plays for coach Karl Dorrell. But Norvell’s stint there lasted only a year; Dorrell was fired after the 2007 season, and Norvell landed on Stoops’ staff as the WR coach/asst. offensive coordinator.
Heupel has no experience calling plays, but has been outstanding coaching the QBs at OU since coming back to Norman in 2005. He helped converted QB-WR-QB Paul Thompson lead OU to a Big 12 title in 2006. In 2007, Heupel mentored freshman Sam Bradford, who had one of the most efficient freshman passing seasons in NCAA history. In 2008, Bradford won the Heisman Trophy. And last season, Heupel tutored freshman Landry Jones, who made marked improvement over the course of the season.
Both Norvell and Heupel have aspirations of calling plays. But only one will be able to do it. If Wilson bolts for ECU, Stoops will have a tough decision to make.
* There were reports that Heupel is interviewing for Minnesota’s vacant offensive coordinator job, which seems to come open every year. Heupel was rumored to be in the mix for the same position last year, but ultimately backed out. Again, it seems that Heupel has pulled his name from consideration for the Gophers’ job. One reason may be the possible departure of Wilson, which would set him for a promotion on the Sooners’ staff. Heupel is also being mentioned as a possible candidate to replace Sonny Dykes as Mike Stoops’ coordinator. Heupel was an assistant at Arizona before coming to OU. This could be a more attractive spot for Heupel than Minnesota. But don’t expect him to leave, if Wilson goes to ECU.
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