Bob Stoops Promotes Bedenbaugh, Cooks to Assistant Coordinators

University of Oklahoma head football coach Bob Stoops announced Tuesday that he has promoted offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh and defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks to assistant coordinator positions.

Bedenbaugh (pronounced BEE-den-bo) is now assistant offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, while Cooks is now assistant defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach. Stoops said the title changes will not affect the Sooners' play-calling responsibilities of associate head coach and defensive coordinator Mike Stoops and offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley.

"Bill and Kerry have done an excellent job helping develop our offense and defense," said Stoops, who is beginning his 18th season as OU head coach and who has won nine Big 12 championships. "I wanted to recognize their significant contributions and help facilitate their advancement in this profession. They are deserving."

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Bedenbaugh, who is starting his fourth year at Oklahoma, led a 2015 OU offensive line unit that featured All-Big 12 First Team honorees Ty Darlington and Nila Kasitati as the Sooners ranked No. 4 nationally in scoring, No. 17 in passing and No. 22 in rushing. OU started a pair of freshmen at the tackle positions, including left tackle Orlando Brown, who was named a Freshman All-American by the Sporting News.


Oklahoma Favorite to Win Big 12 in Preseason Poll

If the 2016 Oklahoma football team does what media expect it to, come December, the Sooners will own their 10th Big 12 title under head coach Bob Stoops. OU was the runaway pick to win this year's league championship in a preseason media poll released by the conference office Thursday morning.

The Sooners garnered 24 of 26 first-place votes in the poll and tallied 258 points. TCU picked up the other two first-place votes and totaled 222 points. Oklahoma State (202 points) was picked third and was followed by Baylor (156), Texas (151), Texas Tech (141), West Virginia (126), Kansas State (88), Iowa State (59) and Kansas (27).

Stoops, who is getting ready to start his 18th season in Norman, has led OU to Big 12 titles in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012 and last season. No other program has won more than two Big 12 titles during Stoops' tenure.


Nine Sooners Named to Preseason All-Big 12 Team

A league-high nine members of the University of Oklahoma football team were named to the 2016 Preseason All-Big 12 Football Team, announced Wednesday by the conference. The teams were chosen by media representatives who cover the league.

Leading the way was junior quarterback Baker Mayfield, who was chosen as the Offensive Player of the Year. He was joined by junior running back Samaje Perine, sophomore receiver Mark Andrews and sophomore tackle Orlando Brown on the offense. Defensively, OU was represented by senior linebacker Jordan Evans, junior defensive lineman Charles Walker, junior defensive backs Steven Parker and Jordan Thomas and sophomore punter Austin Seibert.

Oklahoma’s four offensive selections and five defensive honorees led the league on each side of the ball, while the nine picks in total were nearly twice as many as the next closest team, Kansas State (5). Texas had four total selections, Oklahoma State and TCU each had three, Baylor, Iowa state and West Virginia had two apiece and Texas Tech had one.


Ex-Baylor Signee Parrish Cobb Signs With Oklahoma

Parrish Cobb originally signed with Baylor in February but was released from his Letter of Intent following the firing of coach Art Briles. Friday, he signed with Oklahoma.

Cobb, a native of Waco, Texas, is a four-star defensive back and the No. 12 cornerback in the class of 2016 according to Rivals. He was one of five players Baylor first released from their commitments after the hiring of acting coach Jim Grobe. (Yahoo! Sports) MORE: "It's not about Coach Briles, it's about trying to put Parrish in the right situation to be successful," Cobb's father, Collis, told the Tribune-Herald. "It's not the right environment for our son."

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