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Changes Keep Coming To Oklahoma

The bloodletting has begun in Norman.
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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 247sports.com’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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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: TheSignalCaller.com)

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

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 247sports.com’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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