Former UCLA and Nebraska offensive coordinator Jay Norvell has joined Oklahoma's football coaching staff as the receiver's coach/co-offensive coordinator.
"Jay has a varied and impressive background of coaching both college and professional football and we are excited that he is coming to Oklahoma," Stoops said. "He brings with him expertise in both coaching and recruiting and we feel there are significant contributions that he can make to our program."
Now, before you start posting stats about UCLA's offensive production this past season keep two things in mind. First, the Bruins were basically working under a lame duck head coach in 2007. Second, as quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator for Nebraska he produced a conference offensive player of the year in Zac Taylor and the Huskers won the north.
He's not coming in to totally control the offense but he sure has the experience to fill the void of Oklahoma's passing game coordinator and help keep OU's offense as one of the best in the nation. Another area where he'll be huge in recruiting because as a former Oakland Raiders and UCLA assistant he'll have many connections on the west coast.
"I've been fortunate to have a lot of different experiences at the college and pro level, including coaching in a Super Bowl," he said. "I know the Big 12 and I know the defenses in that league. I feel like I can contribute in both coaching and recruiting. I've had the opportunity to work with a lot of good coaches and players and feel I can make specific contribution with the passing game."