As first reported by SoonerScoop.com (Rivals Network), West Virginia Offensive Line Coach, Bill Bedenbaugh will be taking the same job at fellow Big 12 school, Oklahoma.
Oklahoma’s former offensive line coach, James Patton, took the special teams coordinator job at Indiana earlier this week.
For West Virginia, Bedenbaugh is the fourth assistant from the 2012 staff to not return to Morgantown for 2013. Rated as a top recruiter by Rivals and 247Sports.com, Bill Bedenbaugh is a huge loss for Head Coach Dana Holgorsen.
Holgorsen and Bedenbaugh were college teammates at Iowa Wesleyan. Holgorsen brought Bedenbaugh to WVU upon first arrival in Spring of 2011. Bedenbaugh, tough minded on the field, now puts Holgorsen in a spot to hire an offensive line coach with only about a month until spring practice.
According to the Charleston Gazette, Bedenbaugh was scheduled for a $50,000 raise. Bedenbaugh was paid $250,000 in 2012, and was scheduled to make $300,000 in 2013. Holgorsen wanted to make sure all his assistants were on par with Big 12 assistant money.
Bedenbaugh will be a huge lift for Oklahoma after struggling on the offensive line for the past few seasons. Bedenbaugh worked under current Oklahoma defensive coordinator, Mike Stoops while he was the head coach at Arizona from 2007-2010.
As of this morning, Bedenbaugh’s contract is still being worked out at Oklahoma.
Signees React to Bedenbaugh’s Move to OU
Bill Bedenbaugh made an enormous impact for West Virginia on the recruiting trail, especially when looking at the 2013 class. Bedenbaugh was able to bring four standout offensive linemen in for the 2013 class in Marcell Lazard, Grant Lingafelter, Tyler Tezeno and Stone Underwood. Needless to say, these signees weren’t happy when they found out Bedenbaugh was leaving for Norman.
Both Lingafelter and Tezeno took to Twitter to express their thoughts.
— Grant Lingafelter (@Grant_Ling) February 13, 2013
Damn. He lied to me straight up. It really is just business
— Tyler Tezeno ™ (@Big_manTezzy) February 13, 2013
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