With the idea of addressing staff changes, an emotional Bob Stoops took to the podium to address the media on Tuesday morning. Of course, the firing of co-offensive coordinators took center stage. First, news broke of Jay Norvell parting ways with the University of Oklahoma on Saturday.
For the time being, it appeared that Josh Heupel would remain on staff and take sole possession of the title offensive coordinator. Unfortunately for the former Oklahoma quarterback, things were about to change. Tuesday, just a few hours before Stoops took the podium to address the media, Heupel took to social media to say goodbye.
January 6, 2015
Rumored to have been offered a "demotion" to quarterbacks coach, Stoops shot down the idea saying it never happened. Rather, the reason for the firing could be found in the fact that Oklahoma needed to move in a different direction offensively.
Clearly, the focus of the program is to find a quarterback who can consistently throw the ball while displaying great work habits and leadership on and off the field. Therefore Stoops went on record saying...
Oklahoma Sooners quarterback race is open heading into 2015 season— CC Machine (@CCMachine) January 6, 2015
However, when asked about candidates for the open offensive coordinator position, the coach continuously deflected the question. Does that mean the top target has one game left on the schedule? We'll have to wait and see but we can officially cross off Cale Gundy who was immediately ruled out.
But, that wasn't the only coaching change to happen on Tuesday morning. After the work Jerry Montgomery has put in over the short period of time with the Sooners, the program promoted him to co-defensive coordinator with Mike Stoops. Speculation remains that Mike may be taking a position elsewhere as evidenced by the reports of an interview with LSU's Les Miles.
When asked about his brother's status, Bob stated:
Stoops: "I anticipate Mike being here"— CC Machine (@CCMachine) January 6, 2015
The university continues to give it's head coach full support and the resources necessary to find the right coaches. It's only a matter of time before the position is filled but until then, we are left to speculate.