On the same day that the Sooners announced the hiring of new offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley a shake up has come on the defensive side of the ball. The Oklahoman's Jason Kersey reported on Monday that longtime defensive assistant Bobby Jack Wright is hanging up visor and stepping off the sidelines.
Oklahoma football: Cornerbacks coach Bobby Jack Wright retiring from coaching http://t.co/McZFFEkVuW— Jason Kersey (@jasonkersey) January 13, 2015
Wright came to Oklahoma with Bob Stoops in 1999 and immediately played a key role in building a defense mindset that would win the 2000 BCS championship and then become one of the most feared units in the Big 12. He was Oklahoma's recruiting coordinator and defensive ends coach from the 1999 through the 2004 seasons. In 2005 he was promoted to assistant head coach and assistant defensive coordinator along with retaining his responsibilities with the ends. Special teams coordinator was added to his responsibilities in 2011 and then Wright was ultimately moved to coach cornerbacks when Jerry Montgomery joined the coaching staff in 2013.
Perhaps his biggest contribution to Oklahoma was his ties to recruiting the state of Texas. The Mission, Texas native grew up in the state coaching ranks and maintained deep ties there throughout his career.
Looks like the coaching carousel will keep turning in Norman for a bit longer.