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Report: OU Defensive Coordinator Alex Grinch to Interview with Arizona

NCAA Football: South Dakota at Oklahoma

After just two seasons helping turn around the Oklahoma Sooners defense, Alex Grinch might be heading for his own head coaching job. According to Arizona insider Jason Scheer of Wildcat Authority, Grinch is expected to interview with the Arizona Wildcats in the next 48 hours.

The Sooners were playing on Saturday for a Big 12 Championship against the Iowa State Cyclones trying to win their sixth-straight conference title.

The Wildcats have been searching for a coach for a little over a week since the firing of Kevin Sumlin after a 70-7 loss to Arizona State.

Sumlin was never able to get it going in Tucson. He was hired after the 2017 season and went 5-7 in his first year, which was his best with the Wildcats, with each year getting worse. He finished with a 9-20 record and 6-17 in Pac-12 play.


Meantime, Alex Grinch was hired at Oklahoma in 2019 after head coach Lincoln Riley made the tough decision to fire Mike Stoops, the brother of Bob Stoops, who essentially tapped Riley as his successor. Grinch’s previous stops included Washington State and Ohio State.

Grinch made big strides in his first season, helping lead the Sooners to the top of the Big 12 in total defense in league play at 330.6 yards per game.

This season, the Sooners ranked third in the Big 12 in scoring defense (22 points per game), and were second in the Big 12 in total defense, allowing 322 yards per game.

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