The Norman Transcript


December 9, 2008

Sooners' Wilson claims Broyles Award

When you call the plays for the most prolific offense of college football’s modern era, it’s hard to believe any coordinator could have done a better job coaching this season.

The Rotary Club of Little Rock, Ark., agreed Tuesday, naming Oklahoma offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson the 2008 recipient of the Frank Broyles Award.

The prize, which is presented annually to the top assistant coach in college football, went to the man who guided the Sooners to 702 points in 13 games.

“Kevin has done a remarkable job of building an offense with great balance and diversity,” OU coach Bob Stoops said. “Not only has he schemed us in a way that makes our team difficult to defend, but he has developed players at several positions who are now excelling for us. I can’t say enough about his work here. He has been a tremendous asset.”

Wilson became the second OU coach to receive the award. Mark Mangino claimed the prize in 2000. It was Wilson’s second nomination. He was also a finalist in 2000, then an assistant at Northwestern.

This could also be the last time he’s in the running. Several media reports have linked Wilson with the vacancy at Mississippi State. There’s been no direct evidence he’s been interviewed, but a plane carrying Mississippi State athletic director Greg Byrne was in Kansas City, Mo., last weekend, as was Wilson.

OU rolled to a 62-21 victory over the Tigers and continued one of the greatest offensive runs in college football history. It was the fifth consecutive game the Sooners had scored more than 60 points, a feat last accomplished 89 years ago.

Wilson was chosen by the award’s panel, which consisted of coaching legends Vince Dooley, Don James, Dick MacPherson, Grant Teaff, LaVell Edwards, Hayden Fry, Johnny Majors, Barry Switzer and Broyles.

If he returns to OU next season, Wilson would continue a growing trend. The last three coaches to receive the Broyles Award — Texas offensive coordinator Greg Davis, Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster and Ohio State defensive coordinator Jim Heacock — have remained at the same position.

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