The Oklahoma coaching staff for the 2015 season has been completed, it appears. Multiple media outlets are reporting Diron Reynolds is going to be OU’s next defensive line coach, and OU confirmed Thursday afternoon.
If that name doesn’t ring a bell, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Reynolds has not been a fixture in the searching process and doesn’t have a lot of experience in college football.
Reynolds was a defensive assistant at Stanford last season before meeting with OU earlier this week, according to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman.
What Reynolds doesn’t have in college experience he more than makes up with in his background in the NFL. Reynolds coached in the league from 2002-2013 for the Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins and Minnesota Vikings in one capacity or another.
“Diron is a great fit for our staff with his knowledge and ability to instruct the fundamentals we’ve been using in our defensive system,” OU coach Bob Stoops said in a press release. “He’s an excellent teacher who learned from respected coaches on both the college and NFL level.”
There are reasons why this would make sense. One of the more obvious ones is because Stanford is certainly among the top schools that utilize the 3-4 defensive front.
With OU sticking in that mold going forward, it was crucial to find somebody not just with knowledge but with experience in helping run that style of defense.
“I’m thrilled to join Coach Stoops and his staff at the University of Oklahoma,” Reynolds said. “I’ve always respected the great tradition of Oklahoma Football, and it’s truly a blessing to join a team with such rich history and passionate fans. I can’t wait to get to Norman to begin working with the staff and the talented student-athletes at Oklahoma.”
OU coaches told recruits last Sunday throughout the junior day event that OU was set to hire its defensive line coach in the next week.
It was imperative not just for recruiting but for the players on campus now. As OU’s players have had a few weeks to get acclimated to the hires of Dennis Simmons and Kerry Cooks, we’re only 16 days away from the start of OU spring practice.
Before Stanford, Reynolds had some college coaching experience at Wake Forest and Indiana before coaching in the NFL from 2002 until last season.