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Q&A: Who is OL coach Bill Bedenbaugh?

February, 15, 2013
Though Oklahoma has not officially announced it, West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck confirmed to the Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette that offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh is leaving the Mountaineers to take the same position with the Sooners.

So just exactly who is Bedenbaugh? SoonerNation quizzed Mike Casazza of the Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail for some answers.

1. What style a coach would you say Bedenbaugh is?

He's from that mold that fits Hal Mumme and Mike Leach and Dana Holgorsen in that you'd better be good learners or you'll lose your spot to someone else who grasps what is, by all accounts, good teaching.

He's big on technique-through-repetitions, which makes practices the determining factors in his most important decisions. But he has a commanding presence. Big guy, booming voice and a way to make his point quickly. And really, if he has depth to work with, which he didn't have at WVU, watch out because that first point can take off quickly. It generates competition and improves results when you know the guy behind you can take your job.

2. There's been some talk about how he's a strong recruiter -- is that the case? If so, what makes him a strong recruiter?

Hard to say because this 2013 class was the first one this coaching staff got to sink into. The 2011 class was compromised because of the coaching change and the 2011 class had the Big 12/Big East mash-up and the Mountaineers couldn't fully flaunt the Orange Bowl.

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Sooners schedule preview: West Virginia 

August, 14, 2012
November 17, 2012: West Virginia
2011 record: 10-3 | 2011 conference record: 5-2 (Big East)
OU’s all-time against West Virginia: 2-2

Top returners: QB Geno Smith, RB Dustin Garrison, WR Stedman Bailey, WR Tavon Austin, WR Ivan McCartney, C Joe Madsen, DT Jorge Wright, CB Pat Miller, SS Terence Garvin

Key losses: OT Don Barclay, OG Tyler Rader, DE Bruce Irvin, DT Julian Miller, LB Najee Goode, LB Casey Vance, CB Keith Tandy, FS Eain Smith

2011 statistical leaders (*returners)
Rushing: Dustin Garrison* (742 yards)
Passing: Geno Smith* (3,978 yards)
Receiving: Steadman Bailey* (1,197 yards)
Tackles: Najee Goode (87)
Sacks: Bruce Irvin (8.5)
Interceptions: Keith Tandy (4)

What they’re saying: "It sounds like everybody in the room thinks that we're pretty good, or that Geno is pretty good. It's a compliment to Geno. ... He progressed and he's got a chance to be pretty good." – head coach Dana Holgorsen on Geno Smith being voted preseason All-Big 12 QB over OU’s Landry Jones

Three things to watch:

1. Despite playing West Virginia four times, the Sooners never have been to Morgantown. Going there figures to be OU’s toughest test of the season. The Mountaineers have a formidable home-field advantage, and OU will be West Virginia’s biggest conference home game in years. Will the Sooners be up to the challenge?

2. The two best quarterbacks in the league – Landry Jones and Geno Smith – face off in this one. Both can sling it around the field. But whoever takes care of the ball best figures to be the one who leads his team to victory.

3. The Sooners secondary will be on the spot against Dana Holgorsen’s high-flying attack. The Sooners succumbed to the spread attacks of Texas Tech, Baylor and Oklahoma State in 2011, giving up huge plays in the passing game to all three. What will the unit do in its toughest test of the season?


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