West Virginia offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh is heading to Oklahoma for the same position.
The Charleston Gazette first reported the he accepted the position on Thursday night, and a Post-Gazette source has confirmed it.
Bedenbaugh was highly regarded as a coach and recruiter, is a significant loss for the program. He marks the fourth vacancy on Dana Holgorsen’s staff this offseason.
On Tuesday SoonerScoop.com reported Bedenbaugh had reached a deal with Oklahoma, but a day later Coach Bob Stoops said in a press release he hadn’t interviewed anyone for the job.
Update: The hire was formally announced by Oklahoma on Sunday.
"We are excited to welcome Bill and his family to the University of Oklahoma," said coach Stoops in a press release. "Bill is a passionate teacher and a demanding coach who I believe will make an immediate impact on our football team. His track record of developing physical and disciplined offensive linemen makes him an excellent fit for our program. Bill is also an accomplished recruiter who will join the rest of our staff in continuing to attract some of the nation's most talented student-athletes to Oklahoma."
Holgorsen fired cornerbacks coach Daron Roberts in December, then let longtime assistant Steve Dunalp go following the Pinstripe Bowl. Quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital was the third departure this offseason when he took a position with Texas A&M, and Bedenbaugh is the fourth.