NORMAN — Oklahoma leaves for Texas on Saturday to begin on-site preparations for the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic on Jan. 4. One difference between the Sooners and their opponent — Texas A&M — is that OU's coaching staff is completely in tact. The Aggies are without offensive coordinator, Kliff Kingsburry, who left to become Texas Tech's next head coach.
OU coach Bob Stoops has dealt with this issue many times. The Sooners have lost a coordinator going into the bowl game five times. During his 14-year tenure as head coach.
"Yeah, first I think you count on the guys that have been in the meeting room with them every day for years to continue with the same process," Stoops said. "They know the process of when they go through the week, how they prepare and how they develop their plays. They’re not going to change plays so it’s just a different guy putting it together, or a group of guys putting it together. In the end, when we had that happen, I’ve never felt that guy can be totally invested. I remember Kevin Wilson participated but he wasn’t calling the plays and putting it together. He was just coaching a position just to help and suggest but not to have the ultimate responsibility for it. That’s how we’ve done it. I’m sure Kevin has a bunch of other smart, good guys that are in the room with him that he’ll move forward with. Generally it’s that way when you’ve done really well."