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Coaching staff update: Oklahoma

Below is a quick look at where Oklahoma's coaching staff stands as of Wednesday, Jan. 17.

But first, a look at where the Sooners were in 2017.

2017 Result
12-2, Big 12 champions, lost to Georgia in the Rose Bowl in double overtime.

2017 Staff
Head coach/offensive coordinator/quarterbacks: Lincoln Riley
Assistant head coach/defensive line: Ruffin McNeill
Defensive coordinator/outside linebackers: Mike Stoops
Co-offensive coordinator/recruiting coordinator/wide receivers: Cale Gundy
Co-offensive coordinator/offensive line: Bill Bedenbaugh
Assistant defensive coordinator/defensive backs: Kerry Cooks
Special teams coordinator/running backs: Jay Boulware
Inside linebackers: Tim Kish
Outside receivers: Dennis Simmons
Defensive line: Calvin Thibodeaux

2017 Key Off the Field Personnel
Head strength coach: Jerry Schmidt
DFO: Matt McMillen
Player personnel: Drew Hill
Executive director of recruiting: Annie Hanson

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2018 Changes
The on-the-field staff remains intact, though a major change has occurred off the field. Jerry Schmidt left Oklahoma after 19 years on staff to take the same job at Texas A&M. Riley hired former Texas Tech and Texas head strength coach Bennie Wylie to replace him.

There was speculation free flowing from local reports following the Rose Bowl loss that Riley would make changes on his defensive staff, but Riley publicly backed Stoops and the rest of the defensive assistants. "Mike is a really good coach," Riley told The Oklahoman. "I have a lot of confidence in him as I do our whole staff. To do what this staff and this program did this year with all the changes and all that, it’s unprecedented. People better remember that too."

Tenth Assistant
No action has been taken on the 10th assistant as of yet. There is chatter in the profession that Riley could offer the 10th spot to his brother, Garrett Riley, who currently serves as quarterbacks coach at Kansas. He was with Lincoln at East Carolina for three seasons and, obviously, for 13 years before that in the Riley home. Nothing is confirmed at this time.

2018 Staff
Head coach/offensive coordinator/quarterbacks: Lincoln Riley
Assistant head coach/defensive line: Ruffin McNeill
Defensive coordinator/outside linebackers: Mike Stoops
Co-offensive coordinator/recruiting coordinator/wide receivers: Cale Gundy
Co-offensive coordinator/offensive line: Bill Bedenbaugh
Assistant defensive coordinator/defensive backs: Kerry Cooks
Special teams coordinator/running backs: Jay Boulware
Inside linebackers: Tim Kish
Outside receivers: Dennis Simmons
Defensive line: Calvin Thibodeaux
10th Assistant: Open

2018 Key Off the Field Personnel
Head strength coach: Bennie Wylie
DFO: Matt McMillen
Player personnel: Drew Hill
Executive director of recruiting: Annie Hanson

Disclaimer: The information provided here is current as of time of publishing. Any further changes to the staff will be posted to The Scoop.