After the hiring of Lincoln Riley as offensive coordinator, things sort of worked themselves out in terms of what type of coach they would be looking for.
And when Dennis Simmons jumped to the top of the totem pole, most agreed it would be a natural fit with Simmons in Norman.
Knowledge of the Air Raid? Check. Relationship with Riley? You betcha. Familiar with recruiting? Absolutely as all the 2015 receiver signees said they were recruited by Simmons when he was at Washington State.
“Lincoln had recommended him as well as two or three other guys,” Stoops said. “Then I met Dennis and really liked him. The fact they (Simmons, Riley) had met before and knew each other did matter.”
The familiarity made it an easy decision for Stoops to choose Simmons as the guy. Riley has a clear plan in place for what he wants the OU offense to do. Simmons knows that plan and is going to be able to best implement it than anybody else.
Still, it was sort of a jolt to think Norvell wouldn’t be in Norman anymore. A player-friendly, ultra-media-friendly coach, it took a while to get accustomed to him being in Austin instead of at OU.
“They’re two very different guys, different personalities,” wide receiver Sterling Shepard said. “I won’t forget what Coach Jay did for me, but I’m really liking working with Coach Dennis right now and really excited for what he has us doing to get ready for the season.”