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February 12, 2013

Shipp, Kittle out as Sooner staff shakeup continues

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Kittle did not have a major recruiting impact in his two seasons. He signed three tight ends last year — Brannon Green, Taylor McNamara and Sam Grant. McNamara and Grant both redshirted this past season. Green, a junior college transfer who will be a senior next season, was sparingly used. He did tutor left tackle Lane Johnson, who is expected to be a first-round selection in the NFL Draft in April.

If Badenbaugh is OU’s choice to become offensive line coach, it is unclear how Stoops will fill the other two staff openings.

What is clear is OU coach Bob Stoops is making staff changes unlike any other period during his tenure. Prior to last season, any coach who’d left his staff had either taken a head coaching job or been promoted to a coordinator.

Since the end of the 2011 season, five assistants — Brent Venables, Willie Martinez, Patton, Kittle and Shipp — have left (Venables to became Clemson’s defensive coordinator and Patton left for Indiana) or simply been removed from the staff (Martinez, Kittle and Shipp.)

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