Oklahoma is starting to fill out its coaching staff and made another addition today with the hiring of Clemson defensive analyst Ted Roof as their next defensive coordinator.
Roof has 35 years of coaching experience at the college level and provides the OU staff with experience and wisdom that is hardly matched anywhere in the country. Here is what head coach Brent Venables had to say about hiring Roof in a statement provided by the university:
“Ted is one of the most experienced coordinators and one of the best teachers in all of college football, and he’s done it in some of the premier conferences in the sport – the SEC, Big Ten and ACC. He has a tremendous wealth of knowledge and experience, most of which has been in the southeastern part of the country where he is very well connected. He’s been a head coach, is a fabulous recruiter and is one of the most revered players in Georgia Tech history from his time as a linebacker there. We’re fortunate to have a person of his stature lead our defense, and he’s going to make us stronger and tougher on that side of the ball.”
It is widely believed that Venables will call the defense in Norman and Roof’s primary responsibilities will revolve around installing principles and schemes for Venables’ system. Well, if that is the case, then they hired the right man for the job because it’s not often you find a guy with the experience of Roof.
Oklahoma will play Oregon in the Valero Alamo Bowl under interim head coach Bob Stoops on Dec. 29th, and after that Venables will take over and start preparing for the 2022 season and beyond.