Oklahoma fires co-offensive coordinators Josh Heupel, Jay Norvell


NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma has fired co-offensive coordinators Josh Heupel and Jay Norvell.

Coach Bob Stoops announced the moves Tuesday and promoted Jerry Montgomery from defensive line coach to co-defensive coordinator.

Oklahoma won the Sugar Bowl at the end of last season and entered this season with national championship hopes and a No. 4 ranking in the AP poll. The Sooners won five of their first six, but finished 8-5, ending the regular season with a stunning overtime loss to Oklahoma State, then losing to Clemson 40-6 in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

Heupel won a national championship as a quarterback at Oklahoma in 2000. He became the school’s quarterbacks coach in 2005, then moved up to co-offensive coordinator in Dec. 2010. Norvell joined the staff in 2008 as assistant offensive coordinator and receivers coach.

Stoops indicated that no decisions have been made relative to filling the open positions on his staff. Montgomery joined the Sooners in 2013 after a two-year stint at Michigan. A four-year starter as a defensive tackle at Iowa from 1998-2001, Montgomery coached the defensive line at Wyoming (2009-10) and Northern Iowa (2007-08) prior to his tenure with the Wolverines (2011-12).

Scott Harrigan
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