Who will be Oklahoma's next offensive coordinator?

Bob Stoops' tradition has been to promote offensive coordinators from within. If that continues, the favorite is wide receivers coach Jay Norvell.
By Jake Trotter, Staff Writer, jtrotter@opubco.com Modified: December 8, 2010 at 7:51 am •  Published: December 7, 2010
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With Kevin Wilson taking the head coaching job at Indiana, Bob Stoops must now figure out who will call Oklahoma's offensive plays in the Fiesta Bowl.

And then, who will call them after that.

At his press conference at Indiana, Wilson said he'll talk with Stoops about whether he'll call plays in the Fiesta Bowl against Connecticut.

But all signs point to Wilson moving on with the Hoosiers. And OU moving on with a new play-caller.

In a statement Tuesday, Stoops said he will address later this week or early next week what the coaching arrangement will be for the bowl game and the process for filling Wilson's position.

Assuming Stoops continues his trent of hiring coordinators from within the program, the favorite to replace Wilson at offensive coordinator for the bowl game — and beyond — is wide receivers coach Jay Norvell, who also holds the title of assistant offensive coordinator.

The three times Stoops has lost his offensive coordinator to a head coaching job, he has promoted from within. Mark Mangino replaced Mike Leach. Chuck Long took over for Mangino. Then Wilson succeeded Long.

And, Norvell is the only current Sooner assistant who has experience calling offensive plays.

In 2007, he was UCLA's offensive coordinator and play-caller, though the Bruins struggled offensively and ranked No. 92 nationally in scoring offense. The stint only lasted one season due to head coach Karl Dorrell's firing.

Before that, Norvell was Nebraska's offensive coordinator from 2004-06, though head coach Bill Callahan handled the play-calling. Norvell left Nebraska so he could call the plays at UCLA.

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