While Bob Stoops wouldn't come out and say in during his Tuesday morning press conference, the window of time to replace Jay Norvell and Josh Heupel at offensive coordinator is narrow. While there wasn't a ton of information relinquished while Stoops was at the podium, what we do know is that he wants a guy who has his own system. He also said that there is a possibility that the new coordinator could work with quarterbacks as well. Whoever he is, Stoops wants to have him in place before the dead period for recruiting comes to an end so they can hit the ground running through the final weeks before National Signing Day.
While no one has any clue as to what Stoops is actually aiming to do, and who he's talking with, here are six names that we're throwing out as possible candidates.
6. Mark Mangino - Iowa State: This name won't set will with the Sooner Nation because there's a strong desire to see "new blood" brought in, but before you completely disregard Mangino consider a couple of things. He's a Stoops guy (which is the only knock against him) which means there is a sense of loyalty to where he would not only take a call from Oklahoma's coach but that he would absolutely listen as well. Secondly, the guy can flat out coach! He guided the Sooners to a national championship, won the Orange Bowl at Kansas, and guided Iowa State to a 23.2 points per game average with hardly any talent at all on the roster.
5. Tyson Helton - Western Kentucky: Possibly not a well known name here in Oklahoma but Helton has deep recruiting connections in the Southeast after having served as the UAB recruiting coordinator for six years before joining Tommy Tubberville in Cincinnati. He's only been at the helm of the WKU offense for one season but it was a fantastic one at that. The Hilltoppers averaged 44 points per game in 2014 and were the top passing team in Conference USA at 365 yards per game and 49 total passing touchdowns.
4. Jake Spavital - Texas A&M: An Oklahoma guy already (from Tulsa), Spavital has been at A&M for two years now and just finished his first season as the offensive coordinator. The former West Virginia quarterbacks coach joined Kevin Sumlin at College Station in 2013 and spent his first year coaching signal callers there until being promoted to OC at the end of the season. The Aggies averaged 34.4 points per game in 2014 and were the top passing team in the SEC at 306.4 yards per game.
3. Jason Candle - Toledo: Here's my favorite choice of the group. We all know that Stoops likes guys from Ohio and here is one of the best up and comers in the business. Candle has been with the Rockets for six seasons now and has been the offensive coordinator for three of them. Toledo was second in the MAC in scoring in 2014 at 34.4 points per game also averaging 239 yards through the air and 247 yards on the ground per game. The Rockets scored a total of 59 offensive touchdowns in 2014.
2. Doug Meacham - TCU: He's an Oklahoma State guy but we can forgive him for that if he'll resurrect the Sooners' offense. Perhaps the greatest success story in all of college football this season was the rise of the Horned Frogs and Meacham had a lot to do with that both at the co-offensive coordinator and inside receivers coach. The Frogs averaged 46.8 points per game in 2014.
1. Scott Frost - Oregon: Swing for the fences, right? Frost is the hottest commodity in college football right now but may be looking for a head coaching job and not a lateral move as an offensive coordinator. He does have Big 12 ties as a former Nebraska quarterback and GA both at Nebraska and at Kansas State. You at least have to give him a call though.
That's it for our list but there are certainly more names out there like Bowling Green's Warren Ruggiero and East Carolina's Lincoln Riley. Tell us what you think of our list and who else should be on it.