Stoops' former teammate says joining Oklahoma staff is 'special situation'

NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma Sooners coach Bob Stoops hired former
college teammate Jay Norvell as his co-offensive coordinator
Thursday, filling the position that came open when Kevin Sumlin
left to become Houston's head coach.

Norvell, who played at Iowa with Stoops in the early 1980s, will
be in charge of the Sooners' wide receivers.

"He brings with him expertise in both coaching and recruiting
and we feel there are significant contributions that he can make to
our program," Stoops said.

Norvell briefly joined Stoops' staff in 2002, but left after
about a month to be an assistant on Bill Callahan's staff with the
Oakland Raiders. He then spent three years on Callahan's staff at
Nebraska before serving as UCLA's offensive coordinator last

"I'm so excited to work with Bob and the staff there," Norvell
said. "I have so much respect for that program. The talent of the
team, the quality of the staff and the tremendous support all mean
so much to me. I've worked at a lot of schools and I know that this
is a special situation.

Norvell also previously coached wide receivers for the
Indianapolis Colts and had stints as an assistant at Iowa State,
Wisconsin and Iowa. He played one season in the NFL with the
Chicago Bears.

"I know the Big 12 and I know the defenses in that league," he
said. "I feel like I can contribute in both coaching and