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January 24, 2012

Tim Kish will join OU staff

Tim Kish, the man who took over the Arizona Wildcats on an interim basis following Mike Stoops' firing earlier this season, will rejoin his former head coach at Oklahoma.

Sources have confirmed to SoonerScoop.com, Kish is in the process of taking over the duties of linebacker coach which were vacated when Brent Venables left Norman to take over the defensive coordinator opening at Clemson.

Kish, an Ohio native, should make an easy transition after working for Mike Stoops in Tucson since 2004.

He also served as Stoops' co-defensive coordinator following the departure of Mark Stoops to Florida State and took over the sole duties as defensive coordinator in 2011.

Before joining Stoops' staff in Arizona, Kish made several stops in the Big 10, including Northwestern, Illinois and Indiana. He also had a reputation as one of Arizona's top recruiters and was credited with leading the charge to sign many of their top recruits throughout his eight years in Tucson.

Oklahoma has not announced the hire and Bob Stoops spent most of Tuesday outside the state on recruiting trips. But the announcement is expected at some point this week.

There is no word on Kish's official title at this time, but he will handle the linebacker coaching duties.

Kish, age 57, and his wife Angela have two daughters (Megan and Emily) and a son (Michael).

Kish is currently in Norman ironing out the final details.

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