“I've got an unbelievable job. I think I'm the luckiest man in the world every day I come to work, and I try to approach it that way.”
Leach's replacement, Mark Mangino, left Oklahoma to become Kansas' head coach; Chuck Long, Kevin Wilson and Kevin Sumlin are also former Stoops offensive coordinators who left for head coaching opportunities at San Diego State, Indiana and Houston, respectively.
Sumlin coached the Cougars for four seasons, and concludes his first season as Texas A&M's head coach January 4 in the Cotton Bowl against Oklahoma.
“Every experience you have, whether it's a player or a coach, benefits you down the road,” Heupel said. “Things you want to do, things you don't want to do, situations you want to be in and don't want to be in — I think every situation you go through is a learning process.”