NORMAN â€” 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 â€” and beyond â€” 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.
After a down season at receiver in 2009, Norvell's unit outside all-American Ryan Broyles has blossomed for the Sooners this season, especially down the stretch.
Norvell recruited a budding star in true freshman Kenny Stills, while fellow true freshman Trey Franks earned a spot in the starting lineup as well. Senior Cameron Kenney has also improved under Norvell and came up with big fourth-quarter performances against Oklahoma State and Nebraska.
Stoops and Norvell go back to their playing days together at the University of Iowa, and Norvell's vast experience as an NFL assistant is an added bonus.
Promoting Norvell alone, however, isn't OU's only option. Stoops could consider making Norvell and quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel co-coordinators.
Heupel, who quarterbacked the Sooners to the national championship in 2000, has been a rising star in the coaching world ever since. Heupel reportedly interviewed for the offensive coordinator job at Minnesota back in January, and has aspirations of being a play-caller.
Since returning to OU as an assistant before the 2006 season, Heupel has done wonders with the quarterback position, tutoring Paul Thompson, Heisman winner Sam Bradford and most recently, Landry Jones, who on Tuesday won the Sammy Baugh Award, presented annually to college football's top passer.
With co-offensive coordinators, however, one coach would have to take the lead calling plays. But if that is Norvell, the Sooners could groom Heupel to become the sole play-caller down the line.