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OU names Josh Heupel, Jay Norvell co-offensive coordinators

BY JAKE TROTTER, Staff Writer, Modified: December 13, 2010 at 7:24 pm •  Published: December 13, 2010

upel went with Paul Thompson, who despite coming to Norman as a quarterback, had been transitioned to receiver.

But Thompson threw for 2,667 yards and 22 touchdowns to earn honorable-mention All-Big 12 honors, and OU went on to win the Big 12 Championship.

Those coaching performances didn't go unnoticed.

In October, Heupel got a $50,000 pay bump, the largest raise of any football assistant.

Now, he's being handed the reins of the Sooner offense in a position that's led to a head-coaching job in every instance in the Stoops era.

Mike Leach to Texas Tech. Mark Mangino to Kansas. Chuck Long to San Diego State. And most recently, Wilson to Indiana.

Last week, Wilson told the Indianapolis Star he'd like to be a part of helping OU shake its BCS bowl losing streak as a position coach.

"If my being there can help us win that game and can be a positive, I'd be glad to do it,” he said. "In the coordinator role, it would be different than if I was just helping out by coaching my position, which was the tight ends and fullbacks. Maybe being a guy with ideas versus doing the daily processing and the daily game-planning.

"That would give me a chance to do some of my duties here behind the scenes, completing the staff and working with recruits. That way maybe I wouldn't be worn out too thin in the prep time."

In his new role, meanwhile, Norvell, 47, will probably have increased input in the week-to-week game planning, even though he won't be calling plays. He held a similar position at Nebraska from 2004-06 as Bill Callahan's offensive coordinator, when Callahan called the plays.

“This is a great way to maintain our current style and continuity,” Stoops said. “Our current style fits our personnel and allows us to remain balanced, something that is important to me.”

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