Venables looks to take Oklahoma program ‘from good to great’

The Associated Press - April 23, 2022 7:54 am

Brent Venables

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — New Oklahoma coach Brent Venables respects what the Sooners accomplished in recent years.

Lincoln Riley compiled a 55-10 record in five seasons before leaving to become head coach at Southern California, and quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray won Heisman Trophies and were No. 1 overall picks in the NFL draft.

However, Riley’s teams lost three times in the College Football Playoff semifinals and never won a national title.

Venables has used spring practice to lay the foundation for a program he believes can eventually break through.


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