Incoming OU offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby is already recruiting, and he's targeting quarterbacks
Jeff Lebby went straight to work.
The Ole Miss offensive coordinator posted a farewell thank you to the Rebels on Wednesday after reports that he was accepting the same position at OU, his alma mater.
That same day, Lebby paid a visit to four-star prospect Nick Evers that same day.
Evers is a senior quarterback from Flower Mound, Texas, who decommitted from Florida on Tuesday before announcing that he received an offer from OU on Wednesday. He also holds an offer from Ole Miss.
"Blessed to receive an offer to the University of Oklahoma," Evers said via a tweet. "Thanks to Coach Lebby and (tight end coach) Joe Jon Finley for coming to see me! #Boomer."
While OU has not announced that Lebby, 37, has joined the coaching staff, ESPN reported that Lebby had agreed to a deal worth $2 million annually.
Lebby's hiring would be controversial for OU, given his time on the Baylor coaching staff (2008-16) and its connection to the sexual assault scandal that has kept head coach Art Briles, Lebby's father-in-law, out of college football.
Lebby comes to OU after two years in Oxford, where Matt Corral developed into one of the top quarterbacks in the country.
Evers is the first quarterback in the 2022 class to receive an offer from OU.
Freshman quarterback Caleb Williams remains the face of the OU program, but there's a concern he could enter the transfer portal following Lincoln Riley's departure to USC.
Redshirt junior quarterback Spencer Rattler also announced his decision to enter the portal on Nov. 29. If Williams were to follow suit, the Sooners wouldn't have any scholarship players on the roster at that position.
It's unlikely that Evers will be the only 2022 quarterback OU targets, and the Sooners will likely keep an eye on the transfer portal.
Ohio State's Quinn Ewers, Nebraska's Adrian Martinez and LSU's Max Johnson are a few notable quarterbacks around the country who recently entered the portal.
Calvin Thibodeaux joins SMU staff
Yahoo Sports' Pete Thamel reported on Thursday that OU defensive line coach Thibodeaux will take on the same role at SMU.
Thibodeaux is a former defensive lineman who played for the Sooners from 2005-06 before joining the staff in 2016.
OU's coaching staff continues to change following Riley's departure to USC. Defensive coordinator Alex Grinch, outside receivers coach Dennis Simmons, cornerbacks coach Roy Manning and outside linebackers/defensive ends coach Jamar Cain all followed Riley to the Trojans.
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Miguel Chavis, Jerry Schmidt join OU's staff
OU head coach Brent Venables isn't making the move from Clemson alone.
Former Tigers defensive player development coach Miguel Chavis will join Venables' staff in Norman. According to Chavis' Instagram and Twitter bios, he will become the Sooners' defensive ends coach.
After playing for Clemson as an interior defensive lineman from 2006-08, Chavis joined the team's staff in an off-field role in 2017.
Jerry Schmidt also is reportedly set to return to OU's staff. He served as a strength and conditioning coach for the Sooners from 1999-2017 before spending the past four seasons at Texas A&M.
Venables is a first-year head coach on paper, but he has learned from the best.
The Salina, Kansas, native began his career as a graduate assistant coach at Kansas State from 1993-95. He learned from legendary head coach Bill Snyder, who led the Wildcats for 29 seasons.
Venables then served as an assistant head coach, defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for the Sooners from 1999-2011. He worked under Bob Stoops, who was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame on Wednesday.
Finally, Venables served as Clemson's defensive coordinator from 2012-2021. He worked with head coach Dabo Swinney and won a pair of national championships along the way.
Now the head coach of OU at age 50, Venables plans on applying the lessons he learned from the legendary coaching trio and applying it to the Sooners.
"Bill Snyder, (I learned) organization, details and thoroughness," Venables said during his introductory press conference on Monday. "Bob Stoops — very aggressive, go for broke, confident mentality; Dabo Swinney — how to love, loving the staff, loving the players and showing a genuine appreciation for everyone."
Alamo Bowl opt-outs
OU is set to face Oregon on Dec. 29 in the Valero Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, but numerous notable players will be missing on both sidelines.
Redshirt junior linebacker Nik Bonitto announced his decision on Monday to opt-out of the bowl game and declare for the 2022 NFL Draft. Senior defensive lineman Perrion Winfrey and redshirt junior linebacker Brian Asamoah followed suit on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.
Oregon will also be shorthanded.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Monday that sophomore defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux will forgo the bowl game and prepare for the draft. Junior offensive lineman Malaesala Aumavae-Laulu announced his decision to take the same route on Wednesday.