Venables Denies Comment About Interview

It has been reported by many media outlets that Oklahoma defensive coordinator Brent Venables has been one of the main targets of Clemson AD Terry Don Phillips, but with a big game gaianst Texas Tech on the horizon Venables is not ready to address the coaching rumors at this point in time.

Monday evening was the first time that OU defensive coordinator Brent Venables met with the media since a firestorm of rumors started early last week when he allegedly met with Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips about the Tigers head coaching vacancy, but he did not have much to say on the subject.

"Nothing," Venables responded coyly when asked if he had anything to say or if he could say anything about how the meeting went.

"There was a blanket statement that was out and it is not something that we are going to talk about."

While he did not want to get in to the particulars about the meeting he did say that it is nice to be considered as a potential D1 head coach.

"I would be lying if I said otherwise," Venables said. "Only because you are recognized because of the performance of your team and all of the other coaches you are associated with. It's not because of you individually."

"Yeah, you feel like you are working hard and pulling your weight, but you recognize that there are a ton of great coaches out there that are associated with great programs.

"You are a final product of yours (program)."

It is no surprise that Venables is putting all of his attention towards this week's meeting with the Texas Tech Red Raiders, who will come in to Norman with an undefeated record and a number two ranking.

It is the first time since the 2000 Nebraska game that a visiting team will walk out on Owen Field ranked higher than OU.

"Their efficiency on offense is second to none," Venables informed. "They are explosive. They are very protective of the football and they make very few busted plays that put them behind the chains. They are always in attack mode instead of trying to play catch-up."

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