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Oklahoma football: Coach Bob Stoops confirms departure of Jackie Shipp, Bruce Kittle

by Jason Kersey Published: February 13, 2013

/articleid/3755082/1/pictures/1951855">Photo - OU asistant coach Jackie Shipp was fired on Tuesday and marks the third coaching change in two days.  PHOTO BY STEVE SISNEY, The Oklahoman
OU asistant coach Jackie Shipp was fired on Tuesday and marks the third coaching change in two days. PHOTO BY STEVE SISNEY, The Oklahoman

Shipp had coached the OU defensive line since 1999, Stoops' first season in Norman. He's also a former Sooners linebacker, playing from 1980-83 and recording 489 career tackles, the second-most in school history.

“It has been a privilege to coach the last 14 seasons at my alma mater, an honor that few coaches in this business are afforded,” Shipp said in the release.

Kittle first arrived in 2010 as on-campus recruiting coordinator, and coached offensive tackles and tight ends the past two seasons. Patton led the entire offensive line his first five seasons at OU, but coached only interior linemen after Kittle's promotion.

“Our family wishes the Sooners the very best, and we'll always have a fond place in our heart for the many individuals who touched us during our stay in Norman,” Kittle said.

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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