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Oklahoma football: OU offensive coordinator job has often led to a head coaching job

Mike Leach was the first of several Bob Stoops offensive coordinators who was hired to lead his own program. The trend appears likely to continue with Josh Heupel and Jay Norvell; the two say they aspire to be head coaches someday.
by Jason Kersey Modified: December 23, 2012 at 5:26 pm •  Published: December 23, 2012


photo - Former Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach talks to a fan during a book signing at a Barnes & Noble on Tuesday, July 19, 2011, in Lubbock, Texas. Leach says his book is more about his career than his firing because he started writing it before he was dismissed amid accusations he mistreated a player with a concussion. (AP Photo/The Avalanche-Journal, Miranda Grubbs) ORG XMIT: TXLUB102
Former Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach talks to a fan during a book signing at a Barnes & Noble on Tuesday, July 19, 2011, in Lubbock, Texas. Leach says his book is more about his career than his firing because he started writing it before he was dismissed amid accusations he mistreated a player with a concussion. (AP Photo/The Avalanche-Journal, Miranda Grubbs) ORG XMIT: TXLUB102

“At some point, I'd love to be a head coach,” Norvell said. “I've always aspired to have more responsibility. Those aren't things you just make happen; they happen in their own time.

“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.”

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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