NORMAN — All it took for Willie Martinez to spurn Stanford was an offer from Oklahoma.
"To have the opportunity to be a part of one of the top five, top 10 programs in the history of college football, and to be a part of Bob Stoops and that great staff, I just couldn't turn that down," Martinez said.
Martinez will take over as defensive backs coach on Stoops' staff, and former defensive backs coach Bobby Jack Wright will move to defensive ends, where he coached from 1999-2004.
Martinez, after coaching defensive backs from 2000-09 at Georgia and serving as defensive coordinator from 2005-09, accepted a job from Jim Harbaugh at Stanford last week.
When Stoops called with an offer, Martinez had a change of heart and destination.
"I'm not going to sit there and say he wasn't disappointed," Martinez said. "But you do the best you can in making these decisions of what you think is best for your family, and that was the No. 1 thing, because they're both good programs."
Martinez said Stoops first contacted him over the weekend, and quickly extended an offer to come to Norman.
"With the relationships I've had with the staff there at Oklahoma, I felt very comfortable," Martinez said. "And again, the success, I wanted to be a part of it. It's just too good to turn down."
The two's relationship stretches back to Stoops' days as defensive coordinator at Florida from 1996-98. Martinez has also spoken with Oklahoma defensive coordinator Brent Venables in the past to discuss common opponents.
As a player, Martinez played three seasons at Miami as a defensive back for Howard Schnellenberger, who coached Oklahoma in 1995. Martinez was a member of Miami's 1983 national championship team, and was also coached by Jimmy Johnson as a Hurricane before joining his staff as a graduate assistant in 1985-86.
Martinez's first three defenses at Georgia ranked in the top 25 nationally in points allowed, before struggling the past two seasons, which led to his firing by Bulldogs coach Mark Richt.
Martinez has yet to meet any of the defensive backs he'll be coaching, but had seen them briefly on tape from past seasons.
"It's just a great opportunity," Martinez said. "I've followed coach Stoops' career, and who wouldn't want to work for him?"