Sooners coaching staff official

Cooks and Simmons not the only OU coaching announcements made Monday evening.

The worst kept secret is officially out. Oklahoma announced all the changes that will be made for the football coaching staff heading into the 2015 season.

Entering the mix will be Dennis Simmons as the outside receivers coach and Kerry Cooks, who will take over as the defensive backs coach for OU.

Beyond that, though, OU coach Bob Stoops announced a lot of shuffling in terms of responsibilities for the various assistant coaches.

Here’s the breakdown:

Lincoln Riley is pretty set in stone. Nothing changes with him as he’ll be OU’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Cale Gundy, who for years has been the architect behind OU’s rushing attack, now moves to being the inside receivers coach. The natural assumption is his duties will include tight ends, but it was not included in the OU press release.

Gundy is also now an associate head coach and remains as OU’s director of recruiting.

Jay Boulware, who has spent the last two seasons as tight ends and special teams coach, is now the special teams coach and running backs and fullbacks.

Nothing changes with Bill Bedenbaugh, who will be entering his third season as the man in charge of OU’s offensive line.

“I feel organizing our coaches in this manner will best utilize the talents of both the new and returning members of our staff,” Stoops said. “Each assistant coach has clearly defined roles, responsibilities and expectations.”

Defensive assignments are as follows:

Jerry Montgomery, fresh off being promoted to co-defensive coordinator, will remain as OU’s defensive line coach.

Mike Stoops’ role has changed from being in charge of safeties to now running the outside linebackers. He is also the co-defensive coordinator.

Tim Kish moves from coaching all linebackers to handling just the inside linebackers. And Cooks comes over from Notre Dame to coach the entire secondary.

OU starts spring football March 7.


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