Brent Venables is returning to the University of Oklahoma, but this time as the new head coach of the Sooners according to various reports on Sunday night.
The Clemson Defensive Coordinator will be going back to Norman where he was a fixture on the staff of former coach Bob Stoops from 1999 until 2011.
Venables had been at Clemson since 2012 on the staff of Tigers coach Dabo Swinney, helping lead Clemson to a pair of National Championships in 2016 and 2018.
Was part of 2000 national championship team
Venables was also the defensive coordinator at Oklahoma the last time the Sooners won the national championship back in 2000 when they defeated Florida State in the BCS National Championship Game, 13-2. Venables was also part of seven different Big 12 Conference champion teams.
The 50-year-old Kansas native has for years been recognized as one of the top assistant coaches in the game and in 2016 was the recipient of the Frank Broyles Award as the top assistant coach in the nation.
Venables takes over a Sooners program that finished the 2021 season with a 10-2 overall record and 7-2 in Big 12 play.
Takes over for Lincoln Riley
Oklahoma had previously been coached by Lincoln Riley, who shocked the college football world last week by becoming the new coach at the University of Southern California.
Outside of the Covid-shortened season of 2020, the Sooners have strung together six straight 10-win seasons, while also winning the previous six Big 12 titles until this season.
Former coach Stoops will coach the Sooners in the Alamo Bowl against the Oregon Ducks on December 29 in San Antonio, Texas, before Venables takes the reins in his attempt to lead Oklahoma back to college football’s mountaintop.
This will be the first time in his career at the college level that Venables has worked as a head coach.