The final piece to the puzzle…
Realizing that Bob Stoops was never going to fire both his offensive and defensive coordinators in the same year, it was hoped that we would get one done this year along with Jay Norvell, Bobby Jack Wright and Tim Kish.
So far OU fans have gotten their wish with Josh Heupel’s departure and two of the three remaining amigos gone. By this time two weeks from now, I suspect that OU will have hit the trifecta as Tim Kish will be shown the door as well.
Tim Kish is hanging onto his job by the skin of his teeth in order to avoid any disruption in the recruitment of the most critical positon in this year’s class, that of linebacker. Unfortunately, it appears that keeping Kish on through the February signing period will not bear fruit. Tough call for Stoops, but in any case, with Kish striking out on the recruiting trail, time and time again cutting Kish loose just got easier for Bob.
Fortunately for OU fans, all will not be lost for the 2015 linebacker class as OU has secured the commitment of one of the top high school prospects in the nation at this position. Ricky DeBerry, out of Virginia was a huge get for the Sooners, but his signing will not save Kish’s job. When DeBerry began to waver on his commitment under Kish, defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery was sent in to save the day.
For a history lesson on Kish, short-timer Mike Stoops brought Tim Kish with him when he moved to OU from Arizona. No one thought much of the Kish move at the time as the Sooner Nation was all a flutter about the return of King Mike. Bringing Kish with him seemed at the time to be of little consequence. Of course we should have seen this coming. Kish was Mike’s defensive coordinator on an Arizona team that was one of the worst in the nation.
Brother Bob believing as he does in loyalty, allowed Mike to bring his Tucson drinking buddy with him to the OU party. That was then and this is now…The underachieving Mike Stoops is barely hanging onto his own job and should have no say about his defensive staff. While Bob Stoops is smart not to rock the boat until after signing day I don’t see anything special happening in this area and I see Kish hitting the bricks as soon as the ink dries on this class.
At this point OU’s best bet is to hit the juco bushes hard for the last two weeks in a move to provide ample bodies for scrimmage purposes. Then Bob must cut his losses quickly to get the next guy into position to start working the high school ranks for better line-backing haul in 2016. While this move is not ideal, OU can survive with DeBerry, a solid juco player or two and the talent already on campus. With a new guy in place to go along with the Bobby Jack’s replacement, recruiting linebackers in 2016 should go much better.
I suspect that Bob will do whatever it takes to provide brother Mike with quality coaches to shore up a leaky defense and replacing Kish with a quality coach and recruiter will help make this happen. Thankfully, with Mike Stoops likely to depart after next year, a strong class of takers for these positons should occur. The new hires will assume that they will be able to move up the pecking order very quickly next year once Mike moves on.
With Kish gone, Bob will have extracted four of the five coaches that needed to get pink slips. If he does this I will give Bob a “B” average in this area. Not bad for a guy with an “F” average a month ago.
Okay, Bob get ‘er done… Finish the puzzle.