Oklahoma hires alum Calvin Thibodeaux as DL coach

Oklahoma has fired former Sooner Calvin Thibodeaux as its new defensive line coach, according to a tweet from Sooner Scoop, part of Rivals.

BREAKING: #Sooners to hire former player Calvin Thibodeaux as next defensive line coach. https://t.co/rrysTJeWrm

— SoonerScoop.com (@SoonerScoop) February 23, 2016

Thibodeaux was at Oklahoma from 2002-2006 and posted 75 tackles to go with 10.5 sacks and two forced fumbles during his time in Norman. He then went into coaching and was most recently Kansas’ defensive line coach. Thibodeaux also has experience at Navarro Junior College, Houston, Tulsa and Dartmouth. He replaces Diron Reynolds, who left Oklahoma to join David Shaw’s staff at Stanford.

Thibodeaux now joins a defensive coaching staff that helped the Sooners rank 28th in total defense last year. Oklahoma also tied for fifth in FBS in sacks.

Thus, Thibodeaux’s hiring isn’t exactly a move that was meant to upgrade anything, but more stay the course. He knows the program and its culture, having played under head coach Bob Stoops, and his experience should bring something to the table that helps Oklahoma continue contending for a national championship.

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