Monday, December 13, 2010
Oklahoma names Josh Heupel its play-caller
By David Ubben
Oklahoma quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel and receivers coach Jay Norvell will be Oklahoma's new co-offensive coordinators, but Heupel will call the plays, beginning with next month's Fiesta Bowl against Connecticut.
Former offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson accepted a head coaching job at Indiana this month, but will remain with the team through the bowl game. Instead of calling plays, he'll be relegated to coaching tight ends and fullbacks, the position he's coached since 2006.
"As has always been the case, our entire offensive staff will work together in game planning, but there needs to be one coach who calls the plays and Josh will have that responsibility," Stoops said in a release. "Josh has a good feel for the game and rhythm that we’ve been able to establish."
Heupel won a national championship at Oklahoma as Stoops' quarterback in 2000, but has never called plays. He's been at Oklahoma since 2003, and he's been the team's quarterbacks coach since 2005.
Norvell has been at Oklahoma since 2008, but previously called plays at UCLA under Karl Dorrell in 2007.
Stoops said he has no timetable in filling the staff vacancy created by Wilson’s departure.
One of Stoops' most impressive benchmarks at Oklahoma is winning seven Big 12 titles with six different quarterbacks. Heupel was the first. Now, it'll be largely up to him to help continue that trend.