There are several names swirling around in regards to Oklahoma's next linebackers' coach but the one that is popping up more often than not is Tim Kish. It really shouldn't be much of a surprise to Sooner fans that his name keeps popping up and many would place him as the leading candidate. He's energetic and he's good friends with Mike Stoops but is he qualified?
The short answer is yes! Look, we've already discussed that Oklahoma isn't going to find someone to be everything that Brent Venables was to this team and football program. That said, Kish could be pretty close. He had coached with Mike Stoops at Arizona since 2004 and when Stoops was let go this last season it was Kish who was tabbed as the interim.
Prior to being named as the interim head coach at Arizona he was the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. Since 2004 he has coached Spencer Larsen to being a first team All Conference selection. In addition he's had three other linebackers receive various conference awards. In the 2007 and 2008 seasons his linebackers recorded 20 plus tackles in a game twelve times.
When it comes to recruiting Kish has high marks in that area as well. He was named as a national Top 25 recruiter from 2004-2006 and has built a reputation as one of the top recruiters in college football.
It just makes sense that Kish gets a look by the Stoops' brothers. Not just because of his grass roots as an "Ohio Boy" and a friend to Mike. He should also get a look because he's clearly qualified.