Updated 2/13 @6:00 p.m. ET: A day later, the news is official. Well, part of it.
In a release, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops confirmed the departures of assistants Bruce Kittle and Jackie Shipp. The move marks the second and third assistant coaches to depart the program this week.
“Bruce and Jackie both are great professionals who made a positive impact on Oklahoma Football,” Stoops said. “I wish Jackie and Bruce the very best moving forward.”
The whole release can be found HERE.
There’s still no word on whether WVU offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh will join the Sooners’ coaching staff in the same capacity. The release from OU states that Stoops has yet to interview anyone.
Yesterday, it was announced that Oklahoma’s offensive line coach, James Patton, who specifically oversaw the center and guard units, was leaving the program to take a job with Indiana.
The coaching turnover for the Sooners isn’t done yet, it appears. Multiple outlets are confirming that tackles/tight ends coach Bruce Kittle and defensive tackles coach Jackie Shipp will not return to the Sooners for the 2013 season.
With Patton and Kittle gone, it’s been reported by SoonerScoop.com that West Virginia O-line coach Bill Bedenbaugh will assume the same position at OU. Bedenbaugh previously coached four years at Arizona under current Sooners defensive coordinator Mike Stoops.
2012 was a tough year for OU on both the offensive and defensive lines. The O-line was hit hard by injuries and the Sooners’ interior D-line finished with just 56 tackles, the lowest since 2009, and four sacks.
For the second time in less than a month, two members of the Purdue football program have found themselves on the wrong side of the law.
This time around it’s a pair of freshmen, linebacker Wyatt Cook and defensive end Chazmyn Turner, who are in a bit of a predicament, with the Indianapolis Star reporting that both players were arrested over the weekend. Cook was charged with minor consumption of alcohol while Turner was charged with possession of marijuana.
No details of what led to the arrests and charges were made public. The program is aware of the incident, but have not stated what if any punishment either could be facing.
Cook was a three-star member of this year’s recruiting class, Turner a two-star. Neither has played in a game this season.
In the middle of last month, two freshmen cornerbacks, Evyn Cooper and David Rose, were arrested and charged in connection to stolen bicycles. Those two were members of this year’s recruiting class as well.
It is no secret that Under Armour is making a nice serious push in acquiring university apparel deals, but the Texas Longhorns is not one it will be likely to whisk away from The Swoosh. According to one report from the Austin American-Statesman, University of Texas officials broke off a meeting with Under Armour and are now expected to stay with Nike moving forward.
The University of Texas has been a partner with Nike since 2000. The contract between the two gives Nike an exclusive window in which it can match or improve on any offers made to the school from rival companies such as Under Armour or Adidas. It is unknown if Under Armour made a formal offer to Texas or how much such an offer could have been valued. What is pretty much commonly known is the Texas brand is still a nice asset in the athletics apparel business, even if the Longhorns are struggling on the football field. Having Texas wear your gear is still a quality investment, which makes Texas a highly sought-after commodity.
Per the American-Statesman report, Texas is expected to sign what would be the biggest deal currently going in collegiate athletics. Considering the handsome deal recently signed between Nike and Michigan, that would mean Texas would be looking forward to more than $169 million from Nike. Michigan signed a 15-year contract valued at $169 million, which will bring an end to its current relationship with Adidas in 2016. As part of the deal, Michigan will become the first football program to wear the Jordan brand logo on its football uniforms. Could Texas be the next? For now that is just something to ponder.
Nike recently lost partners at Arizona State and Miami. Last year Notre Dame began a new partnership with Under Armour, signing a $90 million contract.