The search for coaches in Oklahoma is over and the Sooners have found their guy. Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables finalized a deal with the Sooners on Sunday afternoon.
Although Venables is known to be a top notch defensive coordinator at Clemson, he was on the OU staff from 1999-2011. He served as defensive coordinator and associate head coach under the great Bob Stoops. After leaving Oklahoma, Venables joined the staff at Clemson where he became the defensive coordinator for the past ten years. Clemson’s defense was consistent and has always been among the best in the country, with Venables leading the charge.
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Venables’ decision to leave is a bit of a surprise as he was offered many coaching positions and he ultimately decided to stay with the Tigers in the past. Brent was also the highest-paid coordinator in the country, earning between $ 2.4 million and $ 2.5 million a year.
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In 2016, Venables won the Broyles Award which is awarded to the best assistant coach in college football. The accolades Venables has compiled at Clemson show the impact he has had on this team and one of the reasons why Clemson is now considered an elite college football program.
Coach Venables’ debut with the Sooners will begin with the arrival of the Utep Miners in town.
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