Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops understands that when his team is successful, it could mean he’s going to lose some of that staff that helped make the team that way.
One vital cog that will be missing for OU in 2017 is former special teams quality control coach Chip Viney, who accepted a job as cornerbacks coach at Nevada earlier this month.
Viney has been instrumental for the Sooners since arriving in Norman as a graduate assistant in 2013 in both improving the play of the secondary and in recruiting.
“Personally, he has meant a lot to me,” junior defensive back Steven Parker said. “Just throughout the program, he has done a lot. Grabbing some of the freshmen guys and working them out and things like that.
“Him doing his part and making sure we’re ready even if we’re just watching film. We can always ask him a question. He’s one of those guys, knows a lot about the game, he’s played it. Somebody we can always go to man-to-man about anything.”
Viney was a graduate assistant for the 2013, 2014 and 2015 seasons helping in the secondary before getting a spot as quality control coach this season.
A native of California, Viney has been huge in helping the Sooners make an imprint in the area and was a major asset to OU overall in recruiting.
The term “SoonerSquad17” used to describe OU’s highly touted 2017 class was coined by Viney with Southlake (Texas) Carroll commit Robert Barnes as a way to resonate on social media and get the OU brand out there even more.
It will be a little different for Parker as Viney has been in Norman with Parker every step of the way dating back to 2014.
“Gonna feel really weird,” Parker said. “He’s been here since I’ve been here. From my freshman year until now, so it’s going to be weird going into my senior year without him.”
But it becomes a little bit of inevitability. Viney is working his way up the ranks, and Nevada is a great chance for him to take that next step.
“Very excited for him,” senior captain Ahmad Thomas said. “He deserves that spot. He gave us advice whenever we needed it and was always willing to help. He really improved our secondary. I’m real happy for him.”
Viney was one of the first hires made by new Nevada coach Jay Norvell, who is familiar with Viney from Norvell’s time with the Sooners.