OU reunion: Sooners flock to Dibble

BY RYAN ABER Published: April 15, 2009
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When new Dibble football coach Charley North introduced his coaching staff to athletic director Danny Britton, Britton didn’t know what to think.

"I didn’t know if I should shake their hands or hand them a pen to get autographs,” Britton said.

It’s certainly a noteworthy staff, especially for those who follow OU football.

North was an assistant coach for the Sooners from 1979-1994.

His other assistants include former Sooners Stephen Alexander, J.R. Conrad and Jacob Gutierrez.

"Right now, we’re just trying to do something to help the kids there,” North said. "Football’s been very good to me, and it’s been pretty good to most of the guys that are going to be working for me and we want to try to give back a little bit of that.”

North has lived in Blanchard for about a year, after last serving as Director of Football Operations at Alabama under Dennis Franchione.

Seminole superintendent Jeff Pritchard played for North. Pritchard knew Dibble superintendent Chad Clanton.

"When I found out they were looking for a coach, I visited with the superintendent about the situation,” North said. "I don’t really need a job. I kind of like being retired, but there are only so many rounds of golf you can play.”

North worked with the eighth-grade team at Norman’s Alcott Middle School last season.

His wife, Sharon, wasn’t so sure about North’s return to coaching.

"Are you crazy?” she said, before telling him she understood.

In addition to the three former Sooners, North will also be joined at Dibble by Jim Cochrane, who played with North at Wagoner High School.


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