Calvin Thibodeaux is coming back to where it all got started for him nearly 15 years ago. Sources confirm Tuesday morning Thibodeaux is returning to Norman to become Oklahoma’s defensive line coach.
First reported by SoonerScoop.com, Thibodeaux has appeared to be the leader in the clubhouse for the last week, especially following a great face-to-face interview Monday.
Thibodeaux played for the Sooners from 2002-06 and had a quality career before branching out into the coaching profession. His name was thrown out often last year as well when OU was trying to replace Jerry Montgomery.
The thought at the time was Thibodeaux still needed some more experience, and OU went with Diron Reynolds and Thibodeaux earned some major experience with one year at Kansas.
Lawrence wasn’t the first stop for the Houston native, but it was pivotal for him to have to recruit against the best of the best. Thibodeaux was coming off of three years at Tulsa.
Thibodeaux got some of that much needed recruiting experience against the Sooners, coincidentally. OU and Kansas were the top two schools for Scout 300 defensive end Amani Bledsoe.
Ranked No. 185 in the Scout 300, Bledsoe ultimately picked the Sooners in the end although Thibodeaux was a strong factor in the battle being as close as it was.
Thibodeaux’s hiring could be a major piece to the puzzle of OU hitting the Houston area more going forward as nobody would know the area better than Thibodeaux.
David Turner was the other legitimate finalist for the position, interviewing with OU last week, but it was reported Tuesday morning Turner will be leaving Mississippi State for Texas A&M.
Other names involved included Ron Burton (Michigan State), Sean Spencer (Penn State) and Vinson Reynolds (Syracuse), but it seemed from the jump Thibodeaux was going to be the one to watch.
Thibodeaux gets a chance to make his mark back in Norman following Diron Reynolds’ decision to take the defensive line coaching spot at Stanford two weeks ago.