Wednesday, November 12, 2008

More on Venables and Clemson

Oklahoma Sooner Football Articles and Notes

UPDATED: Report: Clemson AD visits Oklahoma to interview who? Late this afternoon Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips boarded a plane headed for Oklahoma City. At first everyone believed that he would be talking with OU offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson, but it now looks like Phillips is meeting with OU defensive coordinator Brent Venables. (More at SoonersIllustrated)
UPDATE 2:
Internet reports suggested that Phillips flew to Oklahoma City to interview either Oklahoma offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson or defensive coordinator Brent Venables for Clemson's head-coaching vacancy. Wilson said Tuesday night he has not spoken with anyone from Clemson. "I'd like to say there was some truth, I'd love to say there was some truth to it," Wilson said. "But I have not talked to anyone, as God is my witness." Venables, however, was not available for interviews after practice. Sports information director Kenny Mossman said Venables went straight home after practice to be his with his wife, who gave birth to a girl last Friday, the couple's third child. Venables was mentioned as a candidate for the Clemson job in a report by Tom Dienhart of Rivals.com two weeks ago that cited unnamed sources. (In parts and more at The Oklahoman) Last week, Kansas State was rumored to be after Brent Venables for their vacant head coaching job.

Don't expect Halzle in OU's hurry up offense: A question during the press conference centered on backup quarterback Joey Halzle, whom Stoops said will "occasionally ... throw it on third down to pick up the first down and try to keep the chains moving," but will likely not be allowed to operate OU's fast-paced offense. Was it a fair way to prepare Halzle if an injury occurred to starter Sam Bradford? "Probably not," Stoops said, "but what do you do?" (Tulsa World)

Special teams not so special: The Oklahoman

Stoops talks about preparations for Tech: The Oklahoman

Breaking down OU's kickoffs: The Oklahoman

Breaking down OU's place-kicking: The Oklahoman

Breaking down OU's punting: The Oklahoman

OU win could bring tiebreaker into play: Tulsa World

Clemson rumors target OU staff: Tulsa World

Red Raiders preparing to go "11-0": Tulsa World

OU Notebook: Tulsa World

Wilson would like consideration: Norman Transcript

What if Sooners never shut it down?: Norman Transcript

Wilson says he wishes rumor was true: College Confidential
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