Oklahoma Football: Too soon to judge the Brent Venables hire – Sooners Wire

  • October 11, 2022

To put it mildly, it’s been tough sledding for the last few weeks in Norman, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. The Sooners’ defense, led by Brent Venables and Ted Roof, has given up 12 rushing touchdowns and over 300 rushing yards per game in their last three games.
After three straight losses and being at the mercy of Steve Sarkisian’s playcalling, some Sooners fans are already wondering if Joe Castiglione made a bad hire when he swiped Venables away from Clemson.
On Sunday’s episode of Late Kick, Josh Pate was blunt on the status of this season but was very clear about how he feels about the Venables hire.
Brent Venables may be the right guy for the job, he may be the wrong guy for the job. I’m not telling either of you you’re wrong, I’m just telling you this particular version of Oklahoma is doomed to fail. For all I know it always did have terminal flaws. I’m not ready to give you an opinion on that… I want to give a guy more than six or seven months. – Josh Pate, Late Kick
Here’s the full clip:
"The greatest coach in the history of mankind probably wouldn't salvage this version of Oklahoma."@LateKickJosh says OU fans should give Brent Venables some time, but this version of the Sooners is completely totaled. pic.twitter.com/lMYzQrSaQs
— 247Sports (@247Sports) October 10, 2022

It’s still early in the 2022 season and the Brent Venables tenure. Let’s give it time.
A lot of people underestimated the damage done to this team at the end of the 2021 season. These losses look bad, but judging a head coach hire six games into year one is premature.
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