Morgantown, West Virginia – Last week, Lincoln Riley shocked the college football world when he announced that he was leaving Oklahoma for the University of Southern California.
Rumors of his replacement at Oklahoma have included former Sooners head coach Bob Stoops, Arizona Cardinals’ head coach Kliff Kingsburg, Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell and Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin, among many others, but this morning, it looks like Oklahoma has found their man.
According to multiple reports, Clemson defensive coordinator, Brent Venables and Oklahoma are working on a deal, and “the two sides hope to have a deal finalized as early as Sunday”, per ESPN.
Venables is the long-time defensive coordinator under Dabo Swinney, but he was on the Oklahoma staff from 1999 to 2011, was the co-defensive coordinator from 1999 to 2003 and defensive coordinator from 2004 to 2011.
Great fit for both sides.@OU_Football going into the SEC where Brent Venables' defenses just held UGA, South Carolina to a combined one field goal. Among so many other attributes.
Dabo Swinney will probably wait until after bowl game to make a DC hire:
— @sapakoff (@Sapakoff) December 5, 2021