Oklahoma has officially promoted inside receivers coach Cale Gundy and offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh to co-offensive coordinators, according to the Sooners’ athletic web site.
The Sooners made the move after promoting former offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley to head coach following the retirement of Bob Stoops. Riley will continue to call plays, according to ESPN’s Jake Trotter.
Both offensive coordinators will continue in their roles as position coaches. The move should be the last change Riley has to make to his staff after hiring new defensive tackles coach Ruffin McNeil as his ninth on-field assistant.
Gundy, a former Oklahoma quarterback, is entering his 19th year on staff with the Sooners. He spent 16 years as running backs coach before moving to inside receivers in 2015.
Bedenbaugh joined Oklahoma’s staff staff in 2013. He was previously an assistant at West Virginia and Arizona.
The new coordinators will be tasked with carrying on Riley’s success with the Sooners’ offense. Since he joined the staff in 2015, Oklahoma has had one of the best offenses in college football.
The Sooners had the No. 1 offense in the country in 2016, according to Bill Connelly’s S&P+ rankings. They also had two Heisman finalists in quarterback Baker Mayfield and wide receiver Dede Westbrook. However, the Sooners have to replace Westbrook and star running backs Joe Mixon and Semaje Perine this year.
Oklahoma opens the season at home against UTEP on Sept. 2.