Reports: OU hires Martinez as assistant

February, 1, 2010
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Several Oklahoma papers are reporting that current Stanford secondary coach, and former Georgia defensive coordinator, Willie Martinez has been hired to the Sooners' coaching staff.

Martinez would replace Chris Wilson, who left as the Sooners' defensive ends coach to take a job on Dan Mullen's staff at Mississippi State.

In a sense, the hiring of Martinez would be a surprise. His defenses struggled last season at Georgia, where he was let go with two more assistants before the Bulldogs' victory over Texas A&M in the Independence Bowl. When Martinez left, the Bulldogs had allowed at least 34 points in five of their 12 games and ranked 119th nationally in turnover margin.

Those don't exactly sound like the strongest of credentials to join one of the nation's strongest and most stable defensive staffs. But Martinez has known Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops for nearly two decades. He was a defensive backfield coach at several south Florida high schools and Stoops was a rising defensive coordinator at Kansas State and Florida.

Martinez' primary interest has been in coaching the secondary. Bobby Jack Wright is the current Sooners' assistant defensive coordinator and secondary coach. He has coached defensive ends with Stoops before, during the program's most consistent point of national success from 1999 through 2004.

It's not known at this time if Martinez's arrival would bump Wright back to defensive ends or if Martinez would coach that position. But it could make for some interesting speculation until the school announces the hiring.

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