Oklahoma Sooners: Don Barclay

Q&A: Who is OL coach Bill Bedenbaugh?

February, 15, 2013
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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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