Holding the position of strength and conditioning coach at the University of Oklahoma since 1999, Jerry Schmidt received a phone call from the Texas A&M Aggies. Receiving an offer, Schmidt allowed the Sooners an opportunity to match the terms. Unable to do so, the fan-favorite accepted the offer extended by Jimbo Fisher and the Aggies. The move left an immediate void in the coaching staff at Oklahoma.
Beginning the search to find the next strength and conditioning coach, Lincoln Riley dipped into the state of Texas. Opening talks with a familiar face, it appears as though OU found their guy in Bennie Wiley.
The two coaches first crossed paths in 2003 at Texas Tech. At the time Riley was serving as a Student Assistant while Wylie was hired as the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach. The tandem continued to coach side by side until 2009 when Riley accepted a position at East Carolina and Wylie, a position with the Tennessee Volunteers.
Needless to say, the two have a previous bond. Yet, over the course of his career, Wylie has helped produce 14 NFL Draftees including WR and First Rounder, Michael Crabtree. Expectations ride high with the new hire who possesses a wealth of experience on the collegiate level.