NORMAN, Okla. (KFOR) – According to multiple reports, Brent Venables will take over as the 23rd head coach in Oklahoma football history.
OU Athletic director Joe Castiglione appears to have confirmed reports that the next head coach has been finalized.
KFOR has yet to confirm the reports.
Venables served as defense coordinator and co-defensive coordinator for the OU from 1999 to 2011.
During his tenure at OU, he coached three Butkus Prize winners and seven finalists in his career.
In 2006, OU led the Big 12 in all-round defense and scoring defense. In 2003, OU ranked first nationally in total defensively, first in defense, second in effective defense, third in scoring defense, and fifth in revenue margin.
Venables has spent the past ten years at Clemson, where he has won two national championships as defensive coordinator and defender team coach. In 2018, Venables was appointed head coach of the Tigers.
In 2016, Venables won the Broyles Award given to the nation’s top assistant coach. He’s also the highest-paid assistant coach in college football. He turned down many head coach jobs over the years, including Auburn last season, according to ESPN.
Clemson’s defense is one of the toughest in the country.
In 2020, Clemson leads the ACC in total defense for the fourth time in five years.
In his 25 years as a coach, Venables has scored 25 championship seasons, 29 failed games and has led eight national championship games.
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