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Report: Jay Norvell turned down NFL job to stay with Sooners

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Already this offseason, two college teams have lost their head coaches to the same job at the NFL level — Oregon’s Chip Kelly to the Philadelphia Eagles and Syracuse’s Doug Marrone to the Buffalo Bills.  DeWayne Walker left his head coaching post at New Mexico State just yesterday to become an assistant with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

That’s not even mentioning the more than a dozen assistants who have followed their coaches, or Florida losing its defensive coordinator to the professional ranks.

Now, we can apparently chalk one up for the good guys in the annual NFL-vs-FBS coaching tug o’ war.

Citing a source close to the situation, the Daily Oklahoman is reporting that Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell turned down an offer to be reunited with Marc Trestman in Chicago.  Trestman, who was recently named by the Bears as Lovie Smith‘s replacement, and Norvell worked on the same Oakland Raiders coaching staff in 200-03, with the former serving as offensive coordinator and the latter tight ends coach.

As Norvell is widely considered the Sooners’ top recruiter, it’s a rather significant development for the OU program.

Norvell has been an assistant at Oklahoma since 2008.  In addition to his two-year stint with the Raiders, Norvell had previously spent time in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts (1998-2001).  He’s been a coach at the collegiate level since the 2004 season.

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