What Joe Castiglione and Jeff Lebby had to say about OU football coaching staff additions

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OU made official its football coaching staff on Friday.

Among the new Sooner assistants who will be working for Brent Venables is offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Jeff Lebby. His hiring has stirred controversy because of his ties to the Baylor sexual assault scandal. He was an assistant with the Bears during that time.

Here's what OU athletic director Joe Castiglione and Lebby had to say in a statement about his move to OU:

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Castiglione: “We are fortunate to have an offensive coordinator like Jeff Lebby coming home to Oklahoma to join us on this journey. Like with all potential coaching staff, we vetted him from every angle, on and off the field. We understand why additional questions have been raised around his candidacy, which is why we did our due diligence, completed a thorough review and background check, and spoke to his previous employers throughout the process. The reports we received from Baylor, UCF and Ole Miss were consistent – they spoke highly of him as a person, his relationships within the programs as well as how he develops his players, his recruiting ability and, of course, his football acumen. At every turn throughout our review, we received assurance of the content of his character, his commitment to compliance and safety, and his desire to contribute to the development of winning programs in the manner we expect of all our staff. In speaking with Jeff, it is abundantly clear that he also knows and will embrace OU's expectations of him both on and off the field. We're glad to welcome him aboard.”

Lebby: “I'm honored by the opportunity I've been given to represent one of the most important programs in college athletics. My experiences at Baylor will inform my perspective for the rest of my life, on and off the field. It will be a privilege to work with Coach Venables and Joe Castiglione. These are two men I believe in and have the greatest respect for — I have the utmost confidence in their administrative leadership. OU's athletics programs have always demanded the best and I will work every day to earn the trust they have placed in me to represent this institution.”

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