STILLWATER — Last season, Bob Connelly was coaching high school football in Arizona.
Earlier this week, he accepted the offensive line coaching job at Georgia Southern.
Turns out he'll actually be coaching the Oklahoma State offensive line in 2014, as the school announced Connelly's hiring Friday.
“Bob is a great addition to our staff,” coach Mike Gundy said in a release. “He brings maturity and experience working with the offensive line. He is very familiar with the state of Texas. He has an extensive background in the no-huddle style of offense.”
Connelly replaces Joe Wickline, who left Stillwater following nine seasons at the school to become the offensive coordinator/offensive line coach at Texas. The announcement of Connelly's hiring comes less than a day after Oregon State offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh — who earlier this week was offered the job on the Cowboys' staff, according to Pete Roussel of CoachingSearch.com — announced he was staying in Corvallis.
In reality, Connelly's season as an assistant in high school football was a minor detour in a career filled with 18 years of college experience.
His stops include Arizona State (2012, associate head coach/offensive line), UTEP (associate head coach/co-offensive coordinator/offensive line), UCLA (2007, offensive line), Alabama (2003-06, offensive line), Washington State (2001-02, offensive line) and San Jose State (2000). His most decorated pupil was former Alabama star Andre Smith, who won the 2008 Outland Trophy and became a top-10 NFL Draft pick.
In 2012, Arizona State ranked 25th nationally in rushing (205.31 yards per game) but 110th in sacks allowed (38). Sun Devil coach Todd Graham fired Connelly after the season.
Connelly is a native of the Dallas suburb of Carrollton, Texas, and played at Texas A&M-Commerce.