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Updated: more shakeups on Oklahoma’s coaching staff

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Updated 2/13 @6:00 p.m. ETA 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.

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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.

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9 Responses to “Updated: more shakeups on Oklahoma’s coaching staff”
  1. jintzforever says: Feb 12, 2013 11:18 PM

    Something missing with this team. Seems they are always good……..but not very good and can’t win the big ones. Love Stoops but………

  2. irishdodger says: Feb 13, 2013 6:47 PM

    Yeah I would agree. He’s still a helluva HC. Put it this way, OU fans don’t want to revisit the Gary Gibbs, Howarrd Schnellenberger, John Blake eras again. Perspective is usually lost on college football fans. Spooners fans would be crazy to run this guy off.

  3. pipesmokin says: Feb 13, 2013 7:46 PM

    Stoopps ya sure gonna miss Jackie and Bruce.Better hope Stoops doesnt take that train to the NFL.

  4. goodfieldnohit says: Feb 13, 2013 7:55 PM

    The fact that one of his former assistants, Kevin Sumlin, took him out behind the proverbial woodshed at the Cotton Bowl isn’t lost on Medium Game Bob.

  5. pipesmokin says: Feb 13, 2013 8:36 PM

    Bob just like Mark at Georgia he just cant win the big one.Why would they give him a big check till 2017,just as dumb in the south.

  6. goodfieldnohit says: Feb 13, 2013 10:37 PM

    Stoops wins the Big 12 and fires 3 coaches for underperforming.

    Meanwhile, the Longhorns field the worst statistical defense they’ve had in the last 20 years, sign zero defensive linemen, and fire no one.

    And the Aggies go 11-2, beat Bama, win the Heisman, and mud stomp OU.

    And DeLoss keeps taking potshots at others.

    The Big12 is a dumpster fire.

  7. tgaustin says: Feb 14, 2013 10:21 AM

    Hey Goodfieldnohit….congrats on winning the National Championship….my bad, I mean the Cotton Bowl. I forget, please help me remember…who one the last meeting between the Milkmen Cheerleader team and the Horns???? Top to bottom, the Big 12 is the best conference in the nation!! You my friend, are a neomaxizoomdweebe!! Go bone a goat or whatever it is you Cult followers do!!

  8. mogogo1 says: Feb 14, 2013 11:03 AM

    This next year is going to be interesting for OU. I know lots of Sooner fans who are totally convinced that Bell is going to light the world on fire. If that doesn’t come to pass (and I’m betting it won’t) it could have serious repercussions for Stoops even if he does a great job coaching the team.

  9. rsoandb says: Feb 14, 2013 12:09 PM

    Maybe Stoops and fans are hoping that Bell will be another Collin Klein. He certainly has the size and running ability. Unfortunately, his passing ability is questionable. Next season will show how much Landry Jones will be missed.

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