University Of Oklahoma Pulls Out All The Stops In Venables Introduction


Monday, December 6th 2021, 11:55 am
By: News 9


NORMAN, Oklahoma -

The University of Oklahoma pulled out all the stops as Brent Venables was introduced as the 23rd head coach in the program's vaunted history.

Venables returns to Oklahoma after a stop at Clemson as the defensive coordinator for two national championships.

Hundreds of OU Alumni, students and fans packed into the Everest Training Center on campus for the 10:30 a.m. introduction.

The event included fireworks, speakers and the Sooner spirit team.

News 9 was at the event and spoke to just about everyone involved in the days events.

Reports emerged early Sunday that the former Clemson defensive coordinator was Oklahoma's pick for the job. Leadership from the university headed to South Carolina to complete the deal, and by Sunday night, OU President Joe Harroz, Athletic Director Joe Castiglione and Venables were headed back to Norman.

"This is an incredibly special opportunity. Julie and I and our family are extremely grateful for the belief in us — and certainly in me — to be the next head coach at Oklahoma, one of the winningest and most tradition-rich programs in college football history. Our memories from Norman, where all four of our children were born, have been nothing but great. We're looking forward to making another decade-plus of incredible memories as we transition to a new era of Oklahoma football, especially with the opportunity and the challenge to join the SEC, the premier conference in all of college football. Joe Castiglione, President Harroz and the Board of Regents have given us incredible support that equals the best of the best in our sport. There's no question we are equipped to compete at the very highest level and attract the best players from across the country. The OU logo has never been stronger," Venables said, in a university press release.

Venables will be greeted by an enthusiastic crowd of fans, the Pride of Oklahoma, cheerleaders and more -- all of whom are gathering at Max Westheimer Airfield Sunday night.