Bob Stoops Confirms Coaches Leaving The Sooners

Bob Stoops confirms reports that defensive line coach Jackie Shipp and tight ends coach Bruce Kittle are leaving the Sooners football team.

Kittle has been in Norman for just two years, but Shipp had been with Coach Stoops from the beginning in 1999.

"Bruce and Jackie both are great professionals who made a positive impact on Oklahoma Football," Stoops said. "Jackie played an integral role on our staff for 14 seasons as we won a national championship, made three other national championship game appearances and won eight Big 12 championships.

"Bruce made substantial contributions to a pair of Big 12 championships during his tenure with us," Stoops continued. "He also played an instrumental role in the development of players like Donald Stephenson and Lane Johnson. I wish Jackie and Bruce the very best moving forward."

There have been a couple of names rumored to join the Oklahoma staff, but Stoops didn't indicate that he had made a decision on one just yet.

"I anticipate speaking with several candidates that I have identified for our coaching staff, but I have yet to interview any of those individuals," he said. "I will continue to evaluate all of our options. Our objectives haven't changed. We will continue to do everything possible to ensure Oklahoma Football and our student-athletes are given the resources and support they need to compete for championships and excel in the classroom."

Right not there are only two coaches on Bob Stoops original staff from 1999 and four from the Oklahoma staff of 2011.