By John Shinn
CNHI News Service
NORMAN — Oklahoma announced the hiring of Bill Bedenbaugh as offensive line coach on Sunday. Bedenbaugh held the same job at West Virginia the past two seasons.
“We are excited to welcome Bill and his family to the University of Oklahoma,” OU coach Bob Stoops said in a statement. “Bill is a passionate teacher and a demanding coach who I believe will make an immediate impact on our football team. His track record of developing physical and disciplined offensive linemen makes him an excellent fit for our program.”
Bedenbaugh will be entering his 18th season as a collegiate coach. The past two seasons at West Virginia, he helped the Mountaineers set single-season school records for total offense (6,526 yards in 2012) and passing (4,509 yards in 2011).
In 2012, West Virginia ranked No. 5 in pass efficiency (161.97), ninth in scoring (39.5 ppg) and 10th in total offense (502.0 ypg) and passing offense (330.2 ypg).
He has also been ranked among the nation’s best recruiters by 247Sports.com and Rivals.com.
“I have a great admiration for the championship tradition of Oklahoma football and can’t wait to get on the field with our student-athletes this spring,” Bedenbaugh said.
Prior to West Virginia, Bedenbaugh worked four seasons under OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops at Arizona. He served as co-offensive coordinator/offensive line coach in 2010 and as running game coordinator/offensive line coach the previous three seasons.
A native of St. Charles, Ill., Bedenbaugh had a seven-year run, from 2000 to 2006, as an assistant to Mike Leach at Texas Tech. After three years as a grad assistant, he coached running backs for two seasons and the offensive line for two seasons.
Three dismissed from Sooners’ squad
Oklahoma has parted ways with three players. An OU official confirmed to the Transcript Monday that defensive back Gary Simon, defensive tackle Marquis Anderson and defensive tackle Damon Williams have been kicked off the team.
Simon and Anderson were no longer on the football roster on OU’s official website, soonersports.com, at 10:30 p.m. Sunday. Williams was removed on Monday.
None of the players had played a significant amount of time during their short careers.
Simon played in three games last season as a true freshman and registered two tackles. The three-star recruit from St. Petersburg, Fla., worked at cornerback.
Anderson played in four games this past season as a redshirt freshman. The Cibolo, Texas, native made five tackles, with two going for loss, and he was credited with one sack. Williams redshirted in 2010 and didn’t see any playing time the last two seasons.
– John Shinn