Sooners co-offensive coordinator Bill Bedenbaugh has emerged as one of the program’s most valuable assistants since he arrived to campus in 2013.
The talented recruiter has consistently developed solid offensive-line units for the Sooners. But could Bedenbaugh be the next offensive coordinator-turned-head coach?
Bedenbaugh doesn’t rule out the idea of becoming a head coach one day. He’s not actively seeking out head-coaching jobs, however, according to The Oklahoman’s Ryan Aber.
“Would I? Probably at some point,” Bedenbaugh said of the idea of being a head coach someday. “I’m not out there looking for that. If it happens at some point, it happens.
“I’ve always enjoyed the coaching of the offensive line and I think as a head coach, it’s hard to do those things. Now, Lincoln does a great job with it because you’ve got so many other things going on. I don’t really want to deal with that right now.”
Bedenbaugh has developed some great offensive line, and his 2018 recruiting haul of Brey Walker, Darrell Simpson and JUCO transfer Tramonda Moore could be a special set for the Sooners.
Bedenbaugh doesn’t handle play-calling duties, but his ability to attract top-tier talent to Norman, Okla., and develop them should make him an appealing option for schools with future vacant head-coaching spots.
Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley has built a talented staff that had the Sooners in the College Football Playoff way ahead of schedule. Riley will surely try everything he can to avoid other programs poaching his assistants.
Bedenbaugh’s name is still sure to come up on a lot of boards. Another year like 2017 and Riley might have to fight off several suitors looking to make the Broyles Award finalist their next head coach.