In a weird last couple days of news and rumors out of Norman, the Oklahoma Sooners have made some changes. So, to those of you screaming for change, you are getting it.
On Monday, it was announced that James Patton, the offensive line coach was going to Indiana to be their new recruiting coordinator. This was something that had been circulating since last week, but both schools made it official on Monday. Insert Bill Bendenbaugh, who will be replacing Patton. Bendenbaugh was the offensive line coach at West Virginia and from what I’ve seen and read, it is a major blow to the program with him leaving. The hiring of Bedenbaugh also puts a kibosh on the rumors of Mark Mangino returning, which is excellent news.
At right about the same time, it was confirmed by many sources I trust that Jackie Shipp, the Sooners’ longtime defensive tackle coach had been let go. Shipp played college ball for the Sooners and has been on the staff since Bob Stoops‘ arrival in 1999.
The only thing I can see as a reason why Shipp is out is that they are for sure going to a 3-4 defense, where they now run a 4-3. They will need a defensive line coach who is comfortable and has experience running it. Still not sure how I feel about changing it up to a 3-4, but that’s a whole different story all together.
I’m all about change and do think that change will only help this program. But changing everything all at once may not be the way to go. I guess if you are going to change, go big or go home.