Oklahoma offensive line coach James Patton will not return to coach the Sooners in 2013. A source close to the OU football program tells SoonerScoop.com Patton made his departure known to his players early this morning.
Patton arrived at Oklahoma to take over the offensive line in 2006 after Kevin Wilson was elevated to offensive coordinator following the departure of Chuck Long to San Diego State. Patton held the same position at Northwestern from 2001-05.
During his time in Norman, Patton produces several All-Americans and All-Big 12 offensive linemen. Jon Cooper was named the 2008 Big 12 Conference Offensive Linemen of the Year. Patton was also instrumental in developing offensive tackle Trent Williams into a first-round draft pick in 2009 along with an Outland Trophy finalist in Duke Robinson.
Sources tell SoonerScoop.com Patton did not reveal any plans about his future to his players.
SoonerScoop.com had confirmed Patton interviewed for the open offensive line job at Illinois last month and rumors circulated he would end up in Champagne. But as of today, we have no confirmation of those reports.
The focus now shifts to former offensive line coach Mark Mangino, who is rumored to be at the top of Bob Stoops’ wish list to take over the offensive line in 2013.
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