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Report: Kish has accepted OU LBs job

Travis Haney Modified: April 18, 2013 at 4:41 pm •  Published: January 24, 2012

CAMPUS CORNER — Was already working on a short story saying Tim Kish could soon officially become Oklahoma’s choice to replace Brent Venables and coach the team’s linebackers when a reporter from Phoenix spoke with Kish.

Here’s the short story I have filed.


NORMAN – Oklahoma is zeroing in on Tim Kish as its choice to replace Brent Venables as the team’s linebackers coach, and two sources said Tuesday an announcement could soon be on the way.

Kish is currently at OU, according to a Tuesday afternoon tweet from a Fox Sports reporter in Phoenix. She said she had spoken with Kish and he said he had accepted the position, vacated last week when Venables left after 13 years to become Clemson’s defensive coordinator.

Kish, 57, was thought to be the most natural fit all along, since he had worked extensively with new OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops at Arizona. After Stoops was fired as head coach in October, Kish served as the Wildcats’ interim coach. He served as the team’s defensive coordinator prior to that.

The Stoopses had considered a few other candidates, including former Ole Miss and South Carolina defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix. Nix, upon a recommendation from Steve Spurrier, was here interviewing Saturday for the position.

= Trav

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