Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops thought it was the right time last month to announce promotions for assistant coaches Kerry Cooks and Bill Bedenbaugh.
Bedenbaugh, who will be entering his fourth season in Norman, is now assistant offensive coordinator to go along with his offensive line title. Cooks is heading into year No. 2 with the Sooners and is now assistant defensive coordinator as well as defensive backs coach.
“I think it’s a great compliment. I appreciate it,” Cooks said. “It’s not something that I anticipated or was focused on. Eighteen months around Coach Stoops and you understand why coaches don’t want to leave here.
“Before I even came here, I inquired through a lot of my peers about what kind of guy he was, what kind of program he runs and after being here for about a year and a half, everything that they’ve said and everything you hear about him holds true.”
Cooks has helped turn things around with the secondary on the field and has been a big part of how things have altered with OU and its recruiting mentality.
This will be the first year where Bedenbaugh is working his guys. The guys lining up in 2016 will be the ones Bedenbaugh recruited and brought to Norman and Stoops has recognized his contributions.
“You guys have been around,” Bedenbaugh said. “He’s one of the best guys in the world. Just take his coaching. He takes care of people, not just coaches but our families, our players, our players families. It means a lot.”
From an outsider’s point of view, might think the offense will change or the way plays are called will be adjusted. Bedenbaugh said that won’t be the case. To him, he’s just going to stick to what he knows he does best.
“I don’t care. I’ve been through it,” said Bedenbaugh about not calling plays. “But I coach the offensive line and Lincoln calls plays. We all collaborate as an offense.
“We come up with plays and he calls them during the game. He’ll ask me, ‘Hey, what do you think about this? What are they doing? What should we do to counter?’ You know what I mean? Not much has changed at all.”