It looked like the Oklahoma coaching staff was going to remain intact for the 2016 season, but it is now confirmed the Sooners will have to find at least one coach.
Defensive line coach Diron Reynolds will not return to OU, sources confirm, while reports later said Reynolds will take the same position at Stanford.
Reynolds was an assistant defensive line/quality control coach at Stanford before accepting the job with the Sooners last season. Earlier this week, however, Stanford defensive line coach Randy Hart announced he is retiring, opening the door for Reynolds to come back to Palo Alto.
Reynolds was under a one-year contract with the Sooners for $275,000.
This will be the second straight year of the Sooners trying to find a defensive line coach. OU had to replace Jerry Montgomery at this point last year when the popular coach accepted a spot with the Green Bay Packers.
Under Reynolds, the Sooners defensive line was terrific as he was able to get the best out of guys like Charles Tapper and Matthew Romar, among others.
The cupboard is certainly not bare for OU at defensive line with guys like Romar, D.J. Ward and Matt Dimon returning to go with emerging young talents like Marquise Overton, Neville Gallimore and Du’Vonta Lampkin, among others.
Reynolds was also instrumental in the Sooners landing Scout 300 defensive lineman Amani Bledsoe when he was torn between the Sooners and Kansas for the 2016 class.
The players were informed about Reynolds not returning Wednesday afternoon, which led to this tweet from Lampkin.
OU confirmed the news Wednesday evening with Bob Stoops offering some nice words about Reynolds.
"Diron did an excellent job for us here at OU," said Stoops. "This move is going to allow him to reunite with his wife and children. We appreciate the work he did and wish him the best."
Added Stoops, "We will take our time to find a quality replacement, just like we did when we hired Diron."