The mood wasn’t all positive at Stoops’ press conference Tuesday morning in Norman, but there was one bit of news that nobody is debating about.
Stoops announced defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery has been promoted to co-defensive coordinator.
“He’s a rising star,” Stoops said.
Montgomery has been a home run hire for OU, both on the field with the line and certainly on the recruiting trail the last couple of seasons.
While OU has fallen so short with so many top defensive recruits, Montgomery has been the guy to bring those top recruits home.
OU has three commitments in the Scout 100 with two of them heavily recruited by Montgomery. And these weren’t kids in OU’s backyard, either.
In a month full of disappointment, their OU selections instead of numerous other top schools has been among the only bright spots for the Sooners.
Stoops said Montgomery and Mike Stoops will share the play-calling duties, at least to a degree. Stoops also said at this point there will be no other coaching changes.
“He’s a great leader,” said Stoops about Montgomery. “He has great experience. He’s great at recruiting.”
Other coaches have been on the chopping block, the concern about Montgomery is if he decided to look elsewhere because of how well he has done in Norman since arriving from Michigan two winters ago.
The promotion definitely has Montgomery locked in place, and it’s clear he’s hard at work on the recruiting trail right now. Although Stoops said no changes are expected with the rest of the coaches, the possibility remains.
Montgomery is no longer just leading the charge with defensive lineman. He’s taking on recruits from all different positions. He has earned the reputation as being the most relatable and most genuine of OU coaches on the trail.
Ricky DeBerry Sr. had no problem saying it was largely because of Montgomery that his son picked the Sooners three weeks ago.
Montgomery has never had as much responsibility at OU as he does at this very moment. But he seems to relish the opportunity. He’s ready to produce big things, and he’s ready to bring good times back to Norman.