Oklahoma football: New assistant Bill Bedenbaugh discusses state of OU's offensive line

Bill Bedenbaugh, who came to Oklahoma from West Virginia, spoke with The Oklahoman last week about his unit and the impact new assistants can have on a coaching staff.
by Jason Kersey Published: June 16, 2013
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photo - COLLEGE FOOTBALL: New University of Oklahoma (OU) offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh speaks with the media at his introductory press conference on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 in Norman, Okla.  Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: New University of Oklahoma (OU) offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh speaks with the media at his introductory press conference on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

There's a bunch of possibilities, and it's hard to say at this exact moment because I think we had four or five guys out for spring that'll come back. What combinations and all those things are tough for me to say right now, just because I haven't seen those guys.

Some have said that you and the other new coaches have injected some fresh life into the program. Is that something you've noticed as one of those new faces?

I don't know. That's one of those things that's kinda tough to say. This is one of the most successful programs — obviously, since college football started — but also during Coach Stoops' tenure. Bob's expectations are national championships, and heck, he's played in four of them. There's a bunch of great coaches out there that can't say that.

I think everybody has a role, and you do your role or your job to the best of your ability, whatever that may be. I think new ideas — whether we use them or not — it's just sitting in there and talking about different things. Whether it be offense, defense, recruiting, special teams, any of those things.

The best way to get better is to constantly learn. Every year, I go out and talk to people. I go to O-line clinics. If I can get one thing that'll help us win, that's what I'll work on.

I just think sitting around, talking, seeing what Jerry did at Michigan, what they were doing at Auburn, all those things, and what we've done at places I've been at, and seeing what fits here. Some of those fit here and some of those don't.


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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