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Oklahoma Sooners Football - Report: Gary Gibbs joining Mike Gundy’s staff at Oklahoma State

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The former Oklahoma head coach has made numerous stops since 2000.


Well, this is interesting...

According to a Monday report from Robert Allen of Oklahoma State 247Sports affiliate site, former Oklahoma head coach Gary Gibbs is joining Mike Gundy’s staff in a support role.

After playing linebacker for the Oklahoma Sooners in the early 1970s, Gibbs joined the OU staff as a grad assistant in 1975. He stayed on staff as a linebackers coach (1978-88) and defensive coordinator (1981-88) before being elevated to head coach following Barry Switzer’s resignation. The program was in utter turmoil when he took over, but he did manage to keep OU’s head above water for most of his tenure. His ability to run a clean program was exactly what OU needed at the time, and he definitely came through in that regard. Unfortunately for Gibbs, his abysmal record in big games (2-14-1 against Texas, Nebraska and Colorado) and a lackluster 1994 season ultimately did him in. He finished his head-coaching career with a 44-23-2 record.

Gibbs reentered coaching in 2000 as Georgia’s defensive coordinator before making stops at LSU (DC in 2001), the Dallas Cowboys (LB coach - 2002-05), the New Orleans Saints (DC - 2006-08) and the Kansas City Chiefs (LB coach - 2009-17, DC - 2012).

Someone with such deep OU ties ending up in Stillwater certainly raises an eyebrow, but Gibbs accepting a role in the support staff (defensive analyst or consultant) won’t draw any ire from me (if the report is indeed correct). However, it definitely feels weird.