After weeks of rumblings, the Oklahoma Sooners finally made things official and announced the hire of Courtney “Chip” Viney as the program’s new recruiting analyst. Viney replaces Eric Striker, who is currently playing for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. The position entails being involved in all aspects of recruiting as well as playing a key role in player development.
Viney previously worked at Oklahoma as a defensive graduate assistant from 2013-2015 before being promoted special teams specialist in 2016. Following the 2016 season, Viney was hired by former OU co-OC Jay Norvell to be the cornerbacks coach at Nevada. Prior to entering coaching, Viney played cornerback at UCLA and New Mexico State. He has also earned master’s degrees from OU and NMSU.
During his time in Norman, Viney gained a reputation for being quite popular with players and young people in general, and his departure last offseason was seen as far less than trivial. This is definitely a home-run hire for Lincoln Riley and Oklahoma, as they have added another key piece to a recruiting machine that was already a force to be reckoned with. After losing an enthusiastic and engaging presence in Striker, he is pretty much the ideal replacement.
Welcome back, Chip!