In a post on his blog “Front and Center,” former Oklahoma center Ty Darlington announced Sunday he will join the Sooners coaching staff, working in an offensive quality control position.
Darlington, from Apopka, Fla., played in Norman from 2012-15, winning the Campbell Trophy and Wuerffel Trophy as a senior. Both awards recognize academic and on-field success.
Darlington has worked in the Sooners’ student-athlete development department the past year, helping with broadcasts for Sooner Sports TV and The Franchise radio network.
Darlington chose to attend OU over Stanford, but he hoped to join the Cardinal as a graduate assistant. After learning in March that the position he hoped to land wouldn’t be available, he applied for Stanford’s MBA program but wasn’t accepted.
“I sat on my couch by myself with tears running down my face, crumbling under the weight of the fear and uncertainty of adulthood,” Darlington wrote.
However, former offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley’s ascension after Bob Stoops’ surprising retirement gave Darlington an opportunity, he wrote.
“Though I was sad and surprised to see Coach Stoops step away, I was simultaneously overjoyed to see Coach Riley be named the new [coach],” Darlington wrote.
Darlington wrote that he’s excited about the opportunity because “it’s a tremendous growth opportunity, … I love Oklahoma football … [and] I want to coach.”
He signed off, “Boomer, Coach Darlington.”
OU, picked first in the Big 12’s preseason poll, opens the season Sept. 2 against UTEP in Norman.