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OU football: Mike Stoops says coaching staff is one of Sooners' strongest in a while

Over the past two offseasons, five assistant coaches have been replaced. The newcomers have proved exemplary, both on the field and the recruiting trail.
by Jason Kersey Published: February 16, 2014


photo - University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) football Associate Head Coach Mike Stoops talks about  the 2014 recruiting class in the Adrian Peterson Meeting Room at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) football Associate Head Coach Mike Stoops talks about the 2014 recruiting class in the Adrian Peterson Meeting Room at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

“I thought Bill did a really great job this year of simplifying the way our guys play,” co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell said of Bedenbaugh's performance. “I think that will continue in our offensive line play. We definitely have an identity. I am really excited about that whole group. I think we have the physicality.”

Midway through the 2013 season, there were lots of calls for even more changes to the coaching staff. Offensive coordinator Josh Heupel's seat appeared red hot after the Sooners' 41-12 loss at Baylor.

Heupel's performance the rest of the season, though, was mostly good, especially in Oklahoma's 45-31 Sugar Bowl upset of Alabama.

“What we think about is what's in our locker room, because people were saying stuff outside, and you just can't let that get to your head,” said OU quarterback Trevor Knight. “People can think what they want, but Coach Heup's done a great job just keeping us even keel and keeping us prepared every single day.

“It paid off there in the Sugar Bowl, which I think is a great testament to him. He deserves all the praise because he's a great coach and a great guy.”

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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