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SportRiley finalizes Sooners' defensive staff for 2019

01:20  21 january  2019
01:20  21 january  2019 Source:   nbcsports.com

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Oklahoma’s defense was flat-out awful in 2018, as we know. The Sooners were 114th in total defense (453.8 yards per game), 102nd in yards per play (6.13) and 101st in scoring (33.3 points per game). Their ineptitude indirectly handed Kyler Murray the Heisman Trophy as the Sooners’ signal caller had to pull his rabbit out of a hat on a weekly basis throughout the fall, but without Murray’s exploits Oklahoma might’ve been a 7- or 8-win team in 2018.

Murray is gone, so the defense has to improve or Oklahoma will take a significant fall in 2019.

Lincoln Riley has spent the past three weeks reshaping his defensive staff, and on Sunday he finalized his staff and their assignments.

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The Sooners have gone to three College Football Playoffs in Riley ’s four seasons at OU, become a record-setting juggernaut offensively and had a top That’s a valuable lesson for Riley , new defensive coordinator Alex Grinch and staff as they try to pull off a similar turnaround on the defensive side.

The 2018 Oklahoma Sooners football team represents the University of Oklahoma in the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season, the 124th season for the Oklahoma Sooners . The team is led by Lincoln Riley , who is in his second year as head coach.

New hire Alex Grinch will coach safeties while coordinating the defense. He spent 2018 as co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach at Ohio State. (The Buckeyes’ pass efficiency defense slipped from 13th to 42nd in Grinch’s one season on staff, but Riley hired him for his success coordinating Mike Leach‘s defenses at Washington State.)

Assisting Grinch in the secondary will be cornerbacks coach Roy Manning. He spent 2018 as the outside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator at UCLA but worked with Grinch at Wazzu from 2015-17.

Brian Odom was hired away from Missouri to coach the Sooners’ inside linebackers, where he’ll team with new outside linebackers coach Ruffin McNeill. Riley’s mentor, McNeill is one of two holdovers from the 2018 staff. He was hired upon Riley’s promotion to head coach as assistant head coach and defensive tackles coach but took over the entire defense following Mike Stoops‘ midseason firing.

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Riley went on to say he was happy with the Sooners ’ recruiting on the defensive side of the ball, though he did want it to take a significant step forward. He compared it to offensive recruiting when he first came to Oklahoma vs. what the Sooners are able to bring in now on that side of the ball.

In Lincoln Riley ’s two years as head coach of Oklahoma, the Sooners have seen unparalleled brilliance on offense. Speaking to Tulsa World over the weekend, Riley has given Sooners fans reason to believe that things will improve in 2019 and beyond.

The only Oklahoma defensive coach to coach the same position from 2018 to ’19 will be defensive line coach Calvin Thibodeaux. The OU graduate has been on staff since 2016, when he returned to Norman as defensive ends coach.

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Oklahoma gives Lincoln Riley raise to $6M per year with extension through 2024.
Riley, who made $4.8 million last year, also received a contract extension through January 2024. "My family and I are very appreciative of the support the University of Oklahoma has shown,” Riley said. “This has been a great home for us. We've had a great start and we're excited for many more great years in the future." Home.#OUDNApic.twitter.com/SsLxx7jQAi— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) January 30, 2019 Riley, who made $4.8 million last year, will also receive an annual $700,000 stay bonus for each year he remains with the Sooners on top of $150,000 in annual bumps through the 2023 season, ESPN notes.

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