Bill Bedenbaugh thrilled to stick around with the Sooners through head coaching change

When Lincoln Riley left Oklahoma to become USC’s head coach, that sent everything into flux for the assistant coaches on staff. Assistant coaches can’t always be in the business of waiting around to see if the new head coach wants to keep them around.

Oklahoma offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh made his intentions to stay clear to OU’s administration, but that’s no guarantee. Ultimately, after Brent Venables was hired and announced as Oklahoma’s next head football coach, Bedenbaugh was asked to stay.

“Yeah, basically right away. I had a pretty good idea that it was going to work out. Didn’t know for sure until I can’t remember what day, Monday maybe. I mean, it’s kind of all a blur. But [Venables] just came in and said he wanted me to stay. I said, ‘I’m here.’ So, that’s basically how it happened,” Bedenbaugh said.

Going through a head coaching change was something that was foreign to Bedenbaugh’s career and it’s safe to say he’s happy it’s behind him.

“Yeah, glad it’s over with, obviously. It was something that I never thought I’d be dealing with. And I never have. I’ve coached 28 years now, and I’ve never dealt with it. Never been on a staff where somebody got fired or somebody left. I’ve always been in that situation where I could if I wanted to, have the opportunity to decide. And I found out that Sunday. I mean, I did. And it’s a lot of unknowns. You don’t know. You’ve got a family, and that’s the most important thing, and that’s the first thing that goes through your head. And my kids have grown up here. My wife’s from Oklahoma. And then, hell, I may have been forced to—I don’t want to say forced, but may have had to go. That’s what people on the outside don’t realize. Even these guys that left, you know, they didn’t have a choice. You know…

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