Dennis Simmons headed to OU

One piece of the OU coaching puzzle is solved as Mike Leach announces Dennis Simmons has left Washington State to become the wide receivers coach for the Sooners.

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops declined to comment on the coaching search for the Sooners, but Washington State coach Mike Leach was ready to let the news out.

Leach announced wide receivers coach Dennis Simmons is leaving the program to take over as OU’s wide receivers coach Wednesday afternoon.

Simmons has been among the more likely candidates for the spot for the last several weeks, and with OU going back to the Air Raid offense, Simmons is an easy fit.

It will be a welcoming party of sorts for Simmons as he will be reunited with offensive coaches Lincoln Riley and Bill Bedenbaugh. Simmons was previously at East Carolina with Riley before leaving to coach the Cougars. The trio of OU coaches were once all together at Texas Tech.

Sometimes the pieces simply fit. Simmons has complete understanding of the Air Raid offense, and it shouldn’t take him long to adjust with Riley and what OU wants to do offensively.

If there’s one thing the Cougars could do last season, it was air it out. Didn’t always lead to great success at a 3-9 record, but Wazzu led the country in passing offense in 2014.

And it could help explain the recent addition of Moore (Okla.) Westmoore wide receiver Dahu Green, who signed with the Sooners on Wednesday morning.

Green, a one-time Washington State commit, was recruited by Simmons although Green wouldn’t give a hint as to what he knew this morning regarding Simmons and OU.

OU continues to look for a defensive backs coach to replace Bobby Jack Wright, who retired last month. The Football Brainiacs reported Sunday that OU has found its man in Notre Dame defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks.

Stoops would not comment on the situation.

“I don’t have any comment to that because that hasn’t happened,” Stoops said. “But I would think by the middle of next week we’ll be able to have those finalized.”

If it is Cooks, and multiple outlets have confirmed the initial reports, could also explain how quickly OU was able to get into the mix for Dallas South Oak Cliff safety Prentice McKinney.

McKinney, a one-time Notre Dame commit, had to open his recruitment back up because of academic reasons, and the Sooners charged hard despite him committing to North Carolina.

That worked paid off as McKinney signed with OU on Wednesday morning. OU finished the Class of 2015 with 24 signees.

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