"Being in the same conference with Chris, we recognize the job he has done in coaching Colorado's defensive ends and defensive linemen over the last five years," Stoops said in a press release. "That program has been in the Big 12 title game in three of the last four years and the staff there has done very good work in keeping the team at a high level."
Wilson played under both Barry Switzer and Gary Gibbs at OU. He will join former teammate Cale Gundy on the Sooners staff.
As a player, Wilson recorded 311 tackles, a number that still stands as at No. 18 in Sooner history, and No. 11 among linebackers. Wilson earned second-team All-Big Eight honors three times and was a third-team All-America selection as a junior by the Football News. The Chicago Bears drafted him in the 12th round in 1992.
"As a player out of high school there was no other college that I wanted to attend than Oklahoma," Wilson said. "Now, there is no other college I'd rather coach. I've come full circle. I feel very fortunate that I've had the opportunity to go out and see different parts of the world and now I am back at OU. And I realize how special that place is."
Colorado head coach Gary Barnett wished Wilson luck.
"Chris has been a tremendous asset to the University of Colorado and its football program," Barnett said. "The University of Oklahoma is getting a tremendous father, coach and person. We wish him well, and hope to see him in the (Big 12) championship game."
In January, wide receivers coach Ted Gilmore took a similar position at Nebraska.
News of the hiring came on the same day The Denver Post ran a front page story based on a leaked grand jury report. The renewed publicity about the so-called scandal put the football office into a busier mode than normal.
A football program spokesman said Tuesday he didn't know how soon Barnett would hire a replacement for Wilson. With spring practice to begin April 1, it's likely Barnett will have someone in place in the next month.