NORMAN — After announcing last week that new assistant coach Ruffin McNeill will serve as assistant head coach and defensive tackles coach, and that second-year assistant Calvin Thibodeaux will coach defensive ends, University of Oklahoma head football coach Lincoln Riley finalized responsibilities for the rest of his staff Friday.
Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, starting his 11th year at OU, will again coach outside linebackers, while third-year assistant Kerry Cooks will continue in his role as assistant defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach. Tim Kish, in his sixth year with the program, will continue as inside linebackers coach.
On offense, Riley will mentor OU's quarterbacks and call plays, as he did the past two years, while 19th-year assistant Cale Gundy and fifth-year assistant Bill Bedenbaugh will serve as co-coordinators. Gundy will continue as recruiting coordinator and inside receivers coach, while Bedenbaugh will still coach the offensive line.
Jay Boulware, in his fifth year at OU, will again serve as special teams coordinator and running backs coach, and third-year assistant Dennis Simmons will continue to coach outside receivers.
"I'm not shy in saying I think we have the best staff in the country."
"I feel like I'm the most fortunate first-year head coach ever with the staff we have in place," said Riley, who was promoted June 7 when Bob Stoops retired after 18 years at OU. "I've coached at least two years with each one of these guys and I'm not shy in saying I think we have the best staff in the country. All of our coaches are excited to continue to work with each other as we aim to positively impact the young men in our program and bring many more championships to Norman."
The OU staff has combined to coach in 139 bowl games. Riley, McNeill, Stoops and Kish (interim) have all held the title of head coach at the FBS level.
2017 OKLAHOMA FOOTBALL COACHING STAFF
Lincoln Riley: Head Coach/Quarterbacks
Ruffin McNeill: Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Tackles
Mike Stoops: Defensive Coordinator/Outside Linebackers
Cale Gundy: Co-Offensive Coordinator/Recruiting Coordinator/Inside Receivers
Bill Bedenbaugh: Co-Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
Kerry Cooks: Assistant Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs
Jay Boulware: Special Teams Coordinator/Running Backs
Tim Kish: Inside Linebackers
Dennis Simmons: Outside Receivers
Calvin Thibodeaux: Defensive Ends