MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - A week after being named one of the top recruiters in college football and less than two weeks after receiving a sizeable pay raise, West Virginia offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh has apparently received something else he couldn't refuse.An offer to coach elsewhere.Reports out of Oklahoma indicate that Bedenbaugh, 40, will become the new offensive line coach at Oklahoma. Nothing official has been announced.Oklahoma lost its offensive line coach Monday when James Patton moved to Indiana to coach under former Oklahoma assistant Kevin Wilson. Within hours Bedenbaugh's name surfaced as a potential replacement.
The move would not be surprising. Bedenbaugh spent four years at Arizona on the staff of Mike Stoops, who is now the defensive coordinator at Oklahoma under his brother, head coach Bob Stoops. Bedenbaugh has spent most of his 18-year coaching career in the Southwest, spending seven years at Texas Tech before his move to Arizona. His wife is also from Oklahoma.
Bedenbaugh would be the fourth of West Virginia's nine assistant coaches from last season to either leave or be fired. Quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital took a similar job at Texas A&M, while defensive coaches Daron Roberts and Steve Dunlap were let go.Bedenbaugh last week was named one of the nation's top 50 recruiters by 247Sports just after national signing day. That was shortly after a raise in his salary took effect, pushing him from $250,000 annually to $300,000.Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.