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New OU assistants bring energy to staff

Back-to-back 10-3 seasons might be celebrated at some places, but not Bob Stoops and Oklahoma. (AP)

Back-to-back 10-3 seasons might be celebrated at some schools, not at Oklahoma. (AP)

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]klahoma’s Bob Stoops is hoping an off-season staff shakeup will breathe new life into an Oklahoma program that’s been “good” the past few seasons.

Good might cut it some places, but not at Oklahoma and not for Stoops.

Out were the Sooners’ two offensive line coaches – Bruce Kittle and James Patton – as well as longtime Sooner assistant Jackie Shipp.

Bill Bedenbaugh, one’s Top 50 recruiters in 2013, was brought in from West Virginia to coach the offensive line. Bedenbaugh is already making waves on the recruiting trail and says the OU brand has only enhanced his pitch.

Filling the other two spots was defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery, a rising star in coaching circles – and another 247sports Top 50 recruiter – who left Michigan, and tight ends and special teams coach Jay Boulware.

Boulware spent the past four seasons at Auburn, but was fired with the rest of Gene Chizik’s staff in December. An Oklahoma native who still has family in the area, Boulware was hired by Gary Andersen at Wisconsin in January, but left earlier this month when he got the opportunity to return to his home state.

Like Bedenbaugh, OU’s two most recent hires have brought new energy to the staff.

“We’re bouncing ideas around. We’ve got a fresh approach to things in our staff room now,” Boulware told the Tulsa World.

Montgomery also brings a positive, energetic approach.

“I’m a teacher first. I’m a high-energy guy, but I’m not into dog-cussing kids,” he said. “If you do something right, I’m gonna ‘rah-rah.’ If you do something wrong, I’m gonna teach you how to do it better. That’s my style. That’s who I am.”

That new energy will be especially important in recruiting, where Stoops is looking for improvement. Montgomery knows the key to that is building relationships.

“I don’t care where you are. If you’re at Texas or Florida or Michigan or wherever, if you have good relationships and people know that you’re going to take care of their kids when they get on campus, you’re going to have people willing to help you out with kids,” he said.

He thinks that’s why “a good 15 to 20″ of his recruits contacted him when news broke he was leaving Michigan.

With four years of SEC recruiting wars under his belt, Boulware is eager to help the Sooners catch up.

“Recruiting is definitely a little different deal. It’s a lot faster, I think, in the SEC,” he said. “There are some teams in this league that are trying to emulate that.”

No doubt Oklahoma is one of them.

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Jerry Montgomery will be Oklahoma's defensive line coach

(Photo: Leon Halip/Getty Images)

(Photo: Leon Halip/Getty Images)

[dropcap]M[/dropcap]ichigan assistant Jerry Montgomery will be defensive line coach at Oklahoma.

Montgomery, who spent the past two seasons as the Wolverine’s defensive line coach, informed his players of the move on Saturday, and defensive tackle Ondre Pipkins wished him well on Twitter soon after.


The Mesquite, Nev. native was named one of’s Top 50 Recruiters for 2013. He served as lead recruiter for Derrick Green (Richmond, Va.), the nation’s No. 1 running back prospect, as well as four-star tight end Jake Butt (Pickerington, Ohio), defensive end Taco Charlton (Pickerington, Ohio), linebacker Mike McCray (Trotwood, Ohio) and defensive tackle Henry Poggi (Baltimore, Md.).

Montgomery spent one month on ex-Sooner assistant Kevin Wilson’s staff at Indiana before taking the job at Michigan. Before that, he was defensive line coach at Wyoming for two seasons (2009-10) and Northern Iowa (2007-08), where he also served as graduate assistant in 2006.

Like Bob Stoops, Montgomery is an Iowa grad. He played defensive tackle for the Hawkeyes from 1998-2001.

Montgomery replaces Jackie Shipp, who was let two weeks ago after 14 years with the Sooners.

He earned $212,500 last season at Michigan. Shipp’s salary at Oklahoma was $270,000.

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The Coaching Wire: Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013

Oklahoma has announced Bill Bedenbaugh as offensive line coach. (Photo: WVU Athletics)

Oklahoma has announced Bill Bedenbaugh as OL coach. (Photo: WVU Athletics)

Oklahoma announces Bill Bedenbaugh hire

Oklahoma officially announced Bill Bedenbaugh as the Sooners’ offensive line coach. Bedenbaugh spent the past two seasons in the same capacity at West Virginia University.

“Bill is a passionate teacher and a demanding coach who I believe will make an immediate impact on our football team,” OU head coach Bob Stoops said. “His track record of developing physical and disciplined offensive linemen makes him an excellent fit for our program.

“Bill is also an accomplished recruiter who will join the rest of our staff in continuing to attract some of the nation’s most talented student-athletes to Oklahoma.”

Bedenbaugh, who coached under Mike Stoops at Arizona prior to his stint at West Virginia, considered Oklahoma one of his dream destinations.

“I have a great admiration for the championship tradition of Oklahoma football and can’t wait to get on the field with our student-athletes this spring,” said Bedenbaugh. “I’ve admired the Sooners for many years, and possess a great appreciation for the talent on this roster and coaching staff.”

Bedenbaugh coached seven seasons on Mike Leach’s staff at Texas Tech from 2000-06. He was a graduate assistant/offensive line coach from 2000-02, before joining the full-time staff as running backs coach in 2003-04 and offensive line in 2005-06.

He was named one of’s Top 50 Recruiters earlier this month.

Jamie Bryant hired at Youngstown State

Jamie Bryant has been named special teams coordinator and assistant linebackers coach on Eric Wolford’s staff at Youngstown State. Bryant spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach at Houston on the staffs of Tony Levine and Kevin Sumlin. In 2012, he served as the Cougars’ defensive coordinator. Before Houston, Bryant coached the secondary at Vanderbilt from 2002-10. He spent one year coordinating special teams and was the defensive coordinator during his final two seasons. Bryant was defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Saint Francis (Pa.) in 2000 before moving to North Carolina as a defensive GA in 2001.

James Madison announces Curt Newsome hiring

James Madison has officially announced the hiring of Curt Newsome as offensive line coach. Newsome was let go at Virginia Tech in January after seven seasons with the Hokies. The move has been speculated since December, but just became official. This will be Newsome’s second stint with JMU. He served as the Dukes’ assistant head coach and offensive line coach from 2003-2005, tight ends and tackles coach (2002) and defensive line coach (1999-01).

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Will the new Oklahoma defensive line coach also have Arizona ties?

Former Arizona defensive line coach Joe Salave'a is a candidate for the same position at Oklahoma. (Photo: Anthony Gimino/Tucson Citizen)

Former Arizona defensive line coach Joe Salave’a is a candidate for the same position at Oklahoma. (Photo: Anthony Gimino/Tucson Citizen)

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he last two assistants hired at Oklahoma worked on Mike Stoops‘ staff at Arizona, and there’s a chance the Sooners’ new defensive line coach could have Wildcat ties as well.

Tim Kish and Bill Bedenbaugh, OU’s two most recent hires, both worked worked under Stoops at Arizona. Joe Salave’a, the Wildcats’ defensive line coach in 2010, has emerged as a leading candidate to replace Jackie Shipp, who was on Tuesday after 14 seasons on Bob Stoops’ staff.

Salave’a played at Arizona from 1994-97 before a nine-year NFL career with the Titans, Ravens, Chargers and Redskins. He spent last season as defensive line coach at Washington State under Mike Leach.

Salave’a began his coaching career under Dick Tomey, his coach while he was a player at Arizona, as defensive line coach at San Jose State in 2008-09. He joined Stoops’ Arizona staff in 2011 when Mike Tuiasosopo left to join Jon Embree’s staff at Colorado.

Tuiasosopo, who has been out of work since Embree’s staff was fired after a 1-11 season, has also been mentioned for the OU job. However, a source tells us that, at least right now, Tuiasosopo is not a serious candidate.

Two others that the source says are candidates to replace Shipp are former Sooner defensive lineman and current Tulsa defensive line coach Calvin Thibodeaux and Florida Gator defensive line coach Bryant Young.

Thibodeaux joined Bill Blakenship’s staff at Tulsa in 2012 after spending one season as an assistant at Dartmouth. He began his coaching career as a GA at Houston (2008-09) and was defensive line coach at Navarro (Tex.) Junior College in 2010.

Thibodeaux was a four-year letterman at Oklahoma from 2002-05, helping the Sooners win three Big 12 Championships and two trips to the national championship game.

Young, who was a star at Notre Dame, got his start in coaching as a graduate assistant with the Irish in 2009. He coached the defensive line at San Jose State in 2010, a position Salave’a held the year before, before joining Will Muschamp’s staff in 2011.

Young was the seventh pick of the 1994 NFL Draft and earned Rookie of the Year honors. A four-time Pro Bowl selection, Young played his entire 14-year professional career with the San Francisco 49ers.

Shipp earned $270,000 as Oklahoma’s defensive line coach last season. Salave’a made $176,500 at Washington State and Young made $240,000 at Florida. Tulsa is a private school and does not release salary data for its assistant coaches.

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Jackie Shipp, Bruce Kittle fired at Oklahoma

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he bloodletting continues at Oklahoma.

Jackie Shipp (Photo: OU Athletics)

Jackie Shipp (Photo: OU Athletics)

Bob Stoops coached 13 seasons in Norman before he ever fired an assistant. After today, he’s fired four in the last two years.

Defensive line coach Jackie Shipp and tight ends and tackles coach Bruce Kittle are the latest casualties of Stoops’ staff shakeup. Centers and guards coach James Patton was fired on Monday.

Defensive backs coach Willie Martinez was let go last January. Co-offensive coordinators Josh Heupel and Jay Norvell, running backs coach Cale Gundy and defensive ends coach Bobby Jack Wright are the only assistants who remain from the Sooners’ 2011 staff.

The Sooners finished the season 10-3 but ended with an embarrassing 41-13 loss to Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl. A source close to to the situation said that Stoops was not happy with his team’s toughness or physicality on the offensive and defensive lines, and the moves to fire Patton, Shipp and Kittle confirm that.

Shipp was an original member of Stoops’ staff hired in 1999. A standout linebacker at Oklahoma from 1980-83, Shipp was a first-round draft pick of the Miami Dolphins and spent five seasons in the NFL.

Kittle is a former University of Iowa offensive lineman and graduate assistant whose curious path to Norman included time spent as a pastor, lawyer, prison mediator and finally high school assistant coach before a return to coaching as OU’s on-Campus recruiting coordinator in 2010. He became a full-time assistant in 2011.

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Bill Bedenbaugh offered OU offensive line job

A source tells us that West Virginia offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh is a candidate for the opening at Oklahoma. (Photo:

A source tells us that West Virginia offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh is a candidate for the opening at Oklahoma. (Photo:

Update: Sources tell us that Bill Bedenbaugh has been offered the Oklahoma offensive line job. Though nothing is official, Bedenbaugh is expected to accept.


[dropcap]W[/dropcap]est Virginia offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh is one of two strong candidates to join Oklahoma’s staff, according to a source.

Bedenbaugh would fill the vacancy left by James Patton, who was the Sooners’ centers and guards coach. Patton was apparently told last week to find a new job, and landed yesterday on Kevin Wilson’s staff at Indiana.

Like Tim Kish, who was hired as OU’s linebackers coach last January, Bedenbaugh coached on Mike Stoops‘ staff at Arizona. Bedenbaugh was the Wildcats’ offensive line coach and running game coordinator from 2007-09 and was given the co-offensive coordinator title in 2010.

A very hard-working recruiter, Bedenbaugh was recently named one of’s Top 50 recruiters for 2013.

As a player, Bedenbaugh was a four-year starting lineman for Mike Leach at Iowa Wesleyan. He later coached for Leach at Texas Tech, serving as offensive line graduate assistant from 2000-02, running backs coach in 2003-04, and offensive line coach in 2007-09.

The other name we’ve heard for the Oklahoma position is former Kansas head coach and OU offensive coordinator Mark Mangino.

Mangino was Oklahoma’s offensive line coach in 1999 and also served as the Sooners’ offensive coordinator in 2000-01. He resigned as the Jayhawks’ coach in December 2009.

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Ex-Oklahoma assistant Patton hired at Indiana

IU head coach Kevin Wilson's relationship with James Patton dates back to Patton's playing days at Miami-Ohio. (Photo: Liz Martin/SourceMedia Group News)

IU head coach Kevin Wilson’s relationship with James Patton dates back to Patton’s playing days at Miami-Ohio. (Photo: Liz Martin/SourceMedia Group News)

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]ndiana head coach Kevin Wilson has hired James Patton as recruiting coordinator, special teams coordinator and assistant defensive line coach.

Patton has been an assistant at Oklahoma since 2006, joining the Sooners’ staff when Wilson, then-OU offensive line coach, took over for Chuck Long as offensive coordinator.

Patton and Wilson’s relationship dates back to the early 90s when Patton played wide receiver at Miami (Ohio) and Wilson served as the RedHawks’ offensive line coach. Wilson then served as a graduate assistant under Wilson in 1994-95.

Wilson is excited to have Patton in Bloomington.

“James was one of the toughest players that I’ve ever coached, and he is an enthusiastic, hard-working football coach,” Wilson said in a statement. “He has been in the big time arena, is a Midwest guy and brings some balance to our staff.”

Patton remained in Norman when Wilson left to become the IU head coach after the 2010 season, but he was reassigned to coach guards and centers only. Stoops promoted on-campus recruiting coordinator Bruce Kittle to coach tackles and tight ends at the time.

A source said that Stoops told Patton earlier this week that he needed to find a new job.

Jon Fabris, who coached defensive ends coach and oversaw punt return and block in 2012, will assume the responsibility of defensive line coach with no special teams duties.

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