Report: Oklahoma Closing In On Head Coach

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    Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables has emerged as the top target to become Oklahoma’s next head coach, ESPN’s Chris Lowe reported Sunday morning.

    Lowe says a deal could be done between the Sooners and the 10-year Clemson defensive coordinator as early as Sunday afternoon.

    Before spending the last 10 years helping build Clemson as one of the best college football programs, Venables spent 13 years on Bob Stoops’ staff at Oklahoma rebuilding the tradition rich Sooners.

    Many schools have sought after Venables, trying to make the defensive guru its head coach. The Kansas native has never appeared anxious to leave his position at Clemson. However, the Oklahoma job could be the one he can’t say no to.

    Bob Stoops is Oklahoma’s interim head coach, but also seems to have an active role in picking the Sooners’ newest head coach. The Stoops family and Venables have a close relationship.

    Despite being on the top of some hot boards, there have been no links between Josh Heupel and the Oklahoma head coaching job. That’s likely due in large part to Stoops’ role in the hiring process.

    Despite winning a national championship as Stoops’ quarterback, Heupel and his former head coach’s relationship has soured since Stoops fired Heupel following the 2014 season.

    Heupel has spent this week on the road, recruiting for the Vols as they try and solidify their 2022 recruiting class.

    Ryan Schumpert is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. He just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent last three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan interning for the Smokies? Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three of the reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.