NORMAN — Among the 25 college football teams ranked in the final 2012-13 coaches' poll, only Oklahoma and Stanford split offensive-line coaching duties between two assistants.
Bill Bedenbaugh's hiring signals the end to OU's two-year experiment of having its offensive line divvied up between James Patton and Bruce Kittle, who were both fired last week.
“(Bedenbaugh) is gonna coach all five guys,” said tackle Christian Daimler, the only high-school offensive lineman Oklahoma signed in its 2013 recruiting class.
“I think getting to work as an entire offensive line every single day will show out on the field.”
Although Oklahoma hasn't released any statements confirming it, Bedenbaugh — West Virginia's offensive line coach the past two years — officially begins his new job Monday, sources told The Oklahoman.
OU coaches told current and incoming linemen Bedenbaugh had been hired; WVU athletic director Oliver Luck confirmed the move last week to the Charleston Gazette; and OU running backs coach Cale Gundy spoke openly about him in a Friday radio interview.
Bob Stoops became Oklahoma's head coach in 1999; for the first 11 seasons, he made one assistant coach responsible for the offensive line as a whole. James Patton held that position from 2006 through 2010, which was then-offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson's final season before becoming Indiana's head coach.
After Wilson left, Stoops named Bruce Kittle — then Oklahoma's on-campus recruiting coordinator — his new offensive tackles and tight ends coach, and limited Patton's responsibilities to interior linemen.
“This is the best way to manage our personnel,” Stoops said when he announced the moves. “It changes our coach-to-player ratio and I am excited about that.”
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