Oklahoma finalizes deal with Brent Venables to be Sooners’ head football coach, sources say


Oklahoma has finalized a deal with Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables to be the Sooners’ next head football coach, sources told ESPN’s Chris Low on Sunday.

Venables has been a major part of Clemson’s championship run under Dabo Swinney and has a long history at Oklahoma. He was on the Sooners’ staff from 1999 to 2011, serving as co-defensive coordinator from 1999 to 2003 and defensive coordinator from 2004 to 2011.

While at Clemson, Venables was the Broyles Award winner in 2016 as the top assistant coach in college football. He had turned down multiple head-coaching opportunities in recent years to stay at Clemson.

The finalization of the deal was first reported by The Athletic.

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