A search is underway in Norman.
Oklahoma football team was devastated on Sunday Many reports that Lincoln Riley head coach has accepted the offer to become USC’s new shot caller..
Riley went to 55-10 during his five seasons to lead the Snurs program, and he arguably leaves the most desirable coaching vacancy in the country right now.
Riley’s successors at OU are the following five.
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It would be appropriate to return to Norman for Brent Venables.
The Clemson Defense Coordinator was a member of the OU staff from 1999 to 2011. He spent time as a defensive coordinator, linebacker coach and assistant head coach while at Sooners.
Venables has had a lot of success since joining Clemson’s staff in 2012. The Tigers won two national championships and Venables won the 2016 Broiles Award.
Venables’ experience in both the program and the College Football Playoff makes it an ideal candidate to lead the OU when migrating to the SEC by 2025.
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Shane Beamer also has a connection with the Snurs.
The South Carolina Head Coach was the OU Assistant Head Coach from 2018 to 20. He was one of the staff who led Sooners to the top scoring attacks nationwide in 2018, averaging 48.4 points per contest.
Gamecocks will improve from 2-8 in 2020 to 6-6 this season under Beamer, and first-year head coaches will also be on the hiring trail by securing commitments from 4-star new hires. Showed his skill.
Beamer signed a five-year contract with South Carolina on December 15, 2020, worth $ 2.75 million a year, but if the OU calls, he will be eligible for a salary increase.
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Perhaps no program in the country has experienced as big a comeback as Baylor did this season.
After going 2-7 last season in his first year as Dave Aranda’s head coach, Bears finished the 2021 regular season with a 10-2 record and a ticket to the Big 12 Championship Game with Oklahoma. rice field.
Aranda spent four seasons as LSU’s defense coordinator before arriving at Waco and participated in the 2019 Tigers National Championships.
Aranda is a popular name in coaching carousels these days. He was connected to the openings in Florida and USC, but both are now filled and remain a clear candidate for LSU vacancies.
Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports reported on Friday that Aranda plans to sign an extension with Baylor within the next two weeks, but that could change now that the OU is looking for a new head coach.
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Iowa State University made a big leap last season thanks to Campbell.
Campbell led the program to a 9-3 record in 2020, after leading Cyclone to a 2-7 record in the first season as a head coach in 2016.
Iowa State University participated in the 2021 campaign as OU’s biggest threat to the conference crown, but ended the regular season with a disappointing 7-5 record. Nevertheless, Campbell is still two Big 12 Coaches of the Year and one of the most desirable candidates in the country.
The USC also showed an interest in Campbell before finally going to Riley, but the six-year Iowa head coach needs some consideration in Norman.
Campbell’s deal acquisition is a whopping $ 28.3 million, but his departure from Iowa State University is unlikely.
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OUs have an excellent track record of in-house recruitment.
After Bob Stoops retired, the decision to hire Riley as head coach went well. Alex Grinch may be another example.
OU’s Defense Coordinator has moved from 101st place in 2018 Total Defense to 28th place in 2020. Grinch’s stock has fluctuated this season as the Snurs defense experienced ups and downs, but the impact on the program has been undeniable since joining the staff for three seasons. in front.
According to many reports, the Grinch interviewed Texas Tech’s head coach position earlier this month, but the location was filled by Baylor’s assistant Joey McGuire.
When asked about his interest in becoming a head coach on November 9, Grinch revealed his desire.
“It’s there,” said the Grinch. “That’s absolutely so, and it’s something for the off-season.”
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