Tulsa hires Baylor offensive coordinator Philip Montgomery as new coach


Tulsa has hired Baylor offensive coordinator Philip Montgomery as its head coach.

Montgomery has been calling the plays for one of the most prolific offenses in college football for the past four seasons. Baylor is the only team in FBS to be ranked in the top two in the country in total offense each of the past four seasons and the top four in the scoring offense over that same time.

“I am truly honored to be the next head coach at the University of Tulsa,” Montgomery said. “I want to thank President [Steadman] Upham, Derrick Gragg and the Board of Trustees for this special opportunity. I was fortunate to be in a great position working with Coach [Art] Briles and the wonderful people at Baylor. I’ve always wanted to be a head coach, but my family and I knew that it would take the right opportunity to get me to leave Waco. Tulsa is that special opportunity. There is a lot of work to get done and trust me, I’m already on it. Get ready for some fun, fast and physical football.”

The Bears have won the Big 12 the past two seasons.

Montgomery, the 42-year-old Texan, has spent most of his career as an assistant to Baylor coach Briles, first at Stephenville (Texas) High School and then at Houston (2003-07) and Baylor.

Tulsa fired Bill Blankenship this month after the Golden Hurricane went 2-10.

“We are extremely pleased to have Philip Montgomery as our head football coach,” Gragg said. “Coach Montgomery has an outstanding background as a collegiate coach and recruiter. He is one of the bright offensive minds in college football and has coordinated explosive offenses at both Houston and Baylor.”

Scott Harrigan
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