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Oklahoma football: Three possible candidates to replace James Patton

With the departure of offensive line coach James Patton, OU write Jason Kersey explores the possible options to replace him.
by Jason Kersey Published: February 11, 2013

Why it might not happen: Latina already turned Stoops down once, and he worked under Duke coach David Cutcliffe for several seasons at Ole Miss. He might be hesitant to leave his old friend after only one season at Duke.


Current position: Not coaching

Why it could happen: Mangino's on-field success is undeniable; he was Stoops' offensive coordinator during OU's 2000 national championship run, and he led Kansas to unprecedented success as its head coach for seven seasons, peaking with a 12-1 season and Orange Bowl victory in 2007-08. He and Stoops remain close friends, and Mangino watched OU's regular-season finale at TCU from the sideline.

Why it might not happen: Mangino resigned following the 2009 season amid allegations of emotionally abusing players, and has been out of coaching ever since. Fair or not, those accusations likely aren't going away. Mangino's wife is also still recovering from breast cancer, although her condition has drastically improved in recent months.

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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