Wilson to coach fullbacks, tight ends at Fiesta Bowl

Oklahoma made it official a few moments ago that Indiana coach Kevin Wilson will serve as an assistant for the Sooners against Connecticut in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1, but he will only coach the fullbacks and tight ends and will not serve in his former role as offensive coordinator. Quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel and wide receivers coach Jay Norvell will share the spot and Heupel will call the plays.

This is what Wilson expected and mostly hoped for. He said last week that if he would coach in the game, it would likely be as a position coach and not as a coordinator.

Oklahoma’s official release follows.

NORMAN, Okla. – Oklahoma Head Football Coach Bob Stoops announced today that Josh Heupel and Jay Norvell have been promoted to co-offensive coordinators on the Sooner football staff and that Heupel will have play-calling responsibilities.

The moves come after offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson accepted the head coaching position at Indiana.  Wilson will remain with the team through the Fiesta Bowl, but will serve only as a position coach with tight ends and fullbacks, the same positions he has coached since 2006.

“As has always been the case, our entire offensive staff will work together in game planning, but there needs to be one coach who calls the plays and Josh will have that responsibility,” Stoops said.  “Josh has a good feel for the game and rhythm that we’ve been able to establish.

“This is a great way to maintain our current style and continuity.  Our current style fits our personnel and allows us to remain balanced, something that is important to me.”

Heupel, who quarterbacked the Sooners to the 2000 national championship, is in his sixth season at OU.  He joined the full-time staff as quarterbacks coach in 2005 prior to the Holiday Bowl win over Oregon.  He served as a graduate assistant at OU from 2003-05 before spending one season as tight ends coach at Arizona.

Norvell, has been the receivers coach and assistant offensive coordinator.  He came to Oklahoma in 2008.  He previously served as offensive coordinator at Nebraska (2004-06) and UCLA (2007).

Stoops said he has no time-table in filling the staff vacancy created by Wilson’s departure.


  1. Stoops is an ass. He should suck it up and let Kevin Wilson split for IU. OK will beat Conn with or without KW. I guess that is what KW gets for being a nic eguy and letting Stoops make the call. KW needs to be at IU and on the recruiting road not at OK. I hope this blows up in Stoops face.

  2. Nothing wrong with this. Certainly shows how well he is thought of at OU. Besides he won’t be calling plays so that does lessen the load considerably which also reveals Stoops fingerprints all over it. Undoubtedly would be a positive in promoting IU FB if the announcers talk about the Wilson situation. With the way announcers through verbiage around I am sure IU will be mentioned often. Good call by Stoops.

  3. ^Totally disagree. Wilson has put in a lot of time and effort with those guys at OK and deserves an opportunity to finish what he started or contributed to. He’s already put considerable effort toward contacting and retaining most of the critical 2011 recruits (at least those we can read about).

    Plus, Indiana is likely to get some free pub during the OK game broadcast about Wilson’s departure. If OK wins, Wilson (and by default IU) look good, and if OK loses, Wilson still looks good.

  4. #’s 2 3 & 4 You are stupid. I don’t care if it is a dead period there is so much wilson could be doing like hiring staff, getting in touch with high school coaches, etc. I stand by my statement that Stoops is an ass and so is his brother at Arizona for that matter. But those type of people succeed and nice guys don’t.

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