Josh Heupel, Jay Norvell fired at OU
Oklahoma has fired co-offensive coordinators Josh Heupel and Jay Norvell.
Sooners coach Bob Stoops announced the moves Tuesday and promoted Jerry Montgomery from defensive line coach to co-defensive coordinator.
Heupel, who spent the last four years as Oklahoma's offensice coordinator and also was an All-American quarterback for the Sooners, posted a statement earlier Tuesday on his Twitter account.
"It has been an honor to be a part of The University of Oklahoma for 14 years," Heupel said in the statement. "Oklahomans and Sooner fans have embraced me as a coach and as a player, including that magical National Championship season."
Oklahoma won the Sugar Bowl at the end of last season and entered this season with national championship hopes and a No. 4 ranking.
The Sooners won five of their first six, but finished 8-5, ending the regular season with a stunning overtime loss to Oklahoma State, then losing to Clemson, 40-6, in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
Heupel was the Heisman Trophy runner-up in 2000, when he led the undefeated Sooners to a victory over Florida State in the national championship game. He became the school's quarterbacks coach in 2005, then moved up to co-offensive coordinator in Dec. 2010.
Norvell joined the staff in 2008 as assistant offensive coordinator and receivers coach.