The Norman Transcript


September 6, 2013

Heupel learns to adjust on the run



“You’ve got to take some off of his (Knight’s) plate, and then the personnel that we’ve got back that’s experienced makes you be different, too,” Heupel said. “Every year is different in college football. You can’t just go sign a free agent, necessarily, to fit your system every year. We’re just trying to get them in the right position to be successful.”

Most successful OU offensive coordinators have used that philosophy. The offense has always tilted in a direction based on the cast. Kevin Wilson was offensive coordinator in 2006 and 2007, when OU ran the ball to control the clock and let its defense win games.

He also installed the record-setting up-tempo offense the Sooners ran in 2008. OU had an experienced quarterback in Sam Bradford and unique players like tight end Jermaine Gresham and running back DeMarco Murray.

What OU has done this season isn’t quite as dramatic as the elimination of the huddle. But it shows he’s willing to make major changes if that’s what best fits the offense.

Heupel learned long ago, that was the best route to success. His father, Ken, was a coach. He taught his son that rosters change every season and coaches have to change along with them.

“Just growing up around it, watching it, being a part of it, you’ve got to find a way to make your guys be successful,” Heupel said.

John Shinn

Follow me @john_shinn

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 5.49.44 AM.png Julian Wilson, Geneo Grissom take on more suitable roles for 2015 season

    Experience comes from encountering the same things in the same ways over and over again. Oklahoma’s Geneo Grissom and Julian Wilson have that at defensive end and nickleback in bunches....

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Woodard joins successful soccer team in Stillwater

    Haley Woodard has been one of the preeminent multi-sport stars in the state for several years. The Norman North senior is a state champion in track and soccer and has been an integral part of a basketball team that’s been to back-to-back ...

    July 24, 2014

  • Smoke turns corner at Indy

    INDIANAPOLIS — Drivers always say there’s something magical about Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and the opportunity for NASCAR to race there opened the door for one of Jeff Gordon’s most treasured victories. It was a race Tony Stewart ...

    July 24, 2014

  • Roma tops Liverpool

    BOSTON — Marco Borriello scored in the 90th minute to give Roma a 1-0 victory over Liverpool in a preseason friendly Wednesday night at Fenway Park. There were limited chances until Borriello volleyed in a corner from in front of goal....

    July 24, 2014

  • Marcus Mariota helps Oregon’s PAC-12 title chance in preseason polls

    LOS ANGELES — Although Marcus Mariota knew he would be under a spotlight when he stepped onto the famed Paramount Studios lot Wednesday, the Oregon quarterback is getting quite comfortable in his starring role....

    July 24, 2014

  • Majka wins 16th stage, Nibali leads

    PLA D’ADET, France — On the last of four Pyrenees ascents, Rafal Majka winked at a French TV camera and tugged playfully at a motorcycle’s antenna....

    July 24, 2014

  • Aggie’s QB Chuckie Keeton talk dominates Mountain West media day

    LAS VEGAS — Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton got his junior season off to a superb start, only to have it derailed by a knee injury in Game 6....

    July 24, 2014

  • Heavily favored U.S. group faces off against world’s best female golfers

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The inaugural International Crown is unique for what it isn’t. Thirty-two elite players from eight countries will compete at Caves Valley Golf Club to determine which nation has the best women’s players in the world. ...

    July 24, 2014

  • Weir, DeLaet attempt to end 60-year Open drought

    MONTREAL — Mike Weir was well aware that it has been 60 years since a Canadian won the Canadian Open....

    July 24, 2014

  • NCAA infractions chair responds to ‘cheating pays’

    The chairman of the NCAA’s infractions committee says a number of factors could be the cause for the lack of activity by the group that prompted Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby to call the enforcement program “broken.”

    July 23, 2014