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Oklahoma Sooners Football: OU, defensive coordinator Ted Roof part ways

Roof had served as OU’s defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for the past two seasons.

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Oklahoma Sooners head coach Brent Venables announced that OU and defensive coordinator Ted Roof have “mutually agreed to part ways”. Roof has also served as linebackers coach for the past two seasons.

Per Venables: “I have the utmost respect and appreciation for Ted. I told him Wednesday I made a decision to go in a new direction at defensive coordinator and offered him an opportunity to remain on our staff in a different role. He explained that he has a deep desire to keep coaching and will look to do that at a different school. Ted is an incredibly knowledgeable coach and teacher, and his players love playing for him. Our program is thankful for his extreme dedication the last two seasons and for helping make us better.”

As for next moves, another internal promotion seems like a potential scenario. Todd Bates and Jay Valai already hold co-DC titles, and safeties coach Brandon Hall is a name that has generated a considerable amount of buzz in the program since he arrived in Norman.

Additionally, if it is indeed an inside promotion for DC, we’ll see a search for the new linebackers coach. Roof was well liked by his position group and throughout the program, but a young, hungry recruiter would be a welcome addition.