Oklahoma hit Washington State with a one-two punch over the past couple days.
First, the Sooners flipped Moore, Okla., three-star wide receiver Dahu Green away from the Cougars, and then they hired his coach. Dennis Simmons is leaving Washington State to take the same post in Norman, as Wazzu head coach Mike Leach confirmed Wednesday.
Mike Leach confirms that Dennis Simmons will leave for Oklahoma.
— Jacob Thorpe (@JacobThorpeSR) February 4, 2015
Although, the Sooners have yet to confirm the hiring of Simmons or defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks.
Still, Simmons felt confident enough in the move to explain to FoxSports.com‘s Bruce Feldman why he made the switch.
“This is an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. My 5-year-old daughter (who lives Arlington, Texas) will only be a couple-hour drive away now and my wife’s family will be much closer. It’s an opportunity for me to have both of my kids grow up around each other and for my wife’s mom to be able to watch her grandson. I never had a father in my household. My mother played the role of both parents in the household. Personally, this is very important to me,” he said. “And from a professional sense, it’s a great opportunity to learn from a national championship-winning head coach Bob Stoops and to work at Oklahoma, which is historically one of top programs in the college football world and as rich in tradition as any school out there. I also get a chance to reunite with coaches that I’ve worked with before and know very well.”
Ironically, Oklahoma is recreating Leach’s offense by stealing from him. Simmons spent a full decade under Leach at Texas Tech. The Sooners’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Lincoln Riley, played quarterback and coached wide receivers (with Simmons) under Leach from 2002-09, and offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh spent seven years on Leach’s staff in Lubbock as a graduate assistant, running backs coach and offensive line coach.
And of course, running backs coach Cale Gundy worked with Leach during the latter’s one-year stay as offensive coordinator before landing the Texas Tech job in 2000.
The connections to Leach are so strong, so undeniable that you almost feel like Oklahoma needs to name him Offensive Coordinator Emeritus or get expelled from FBS for plagiarism.