Jackie Shipp

Tag Archives: Jackie Shipp

Will ex-Oklahoma assistant Jackie Shipp join the Arizona State staff?

Ex-Oklahoma assistant Jackie Shipp is the leading candidate to join the staff at Arizona State.

Ex-Sooner Jackie Shipp (left) is the leading candidate to join the staff at Arizona State.

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t looks like ex-Oklahoma defensive line coach Jackie Shipp won’t be out of work long.

Shipp, who was reportedly set to interview for a spot on Purdue’s staff this week, is the leading candidate for the opening at Arizona State, according to a source. Though nothing is finalized, the source says that a deal is “close” to being done.

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

He would replace former ASU co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach Ron West who left earlier this month for the same position at North Carolina.

Other names mentioned in connection with the Arizona State opening are West Virginia co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Keith Patterson and Memphis linebackers coach Galen Scott, who both served as assistants on Graham’s staff at Tulsa.

Patterson and Graham have a long history. The two coached together at Tulsa from 2003-05, and Patterson was named co-defensive coordinator when Graham took over as the Golden Hurricanes’ head coach in 2007. He served in that capacity until Graham left for Pitt following the 2010 season, and joined Graham for his short-lived tenure there.

Money is likely the biggest hurdle to Patterson joining the Arizona State staff, as he is set to make $351,000 next year at West Virginia. West’s salary at Arizona State was $300,000.

Scott coached under Graham at Tulsa for two seasons. In 2008, he coached linebackers and safeties and moved to cornerbacks coach in 2009. He earned $210,000 last year at Memphis.

Read More

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.

Read More