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Mike Gundy Is Hiring A Former Oklahoma Sooners Head Coach

Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy wearing sunglasses.

FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 19: Head coach Mike Gundy of the Oklahoma State Cowboys prepares his team to take on the TCU Horned Frogs at Amon G. Carter Stadium on November 19, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Former Oklahoma Sooners head coach Gary Gibbs visited Oklahoma State camp last week. Now, he is set to become part of Mike Gundy's staff.

Gibbs served as head coach of the Sooners from 1989-1994. He posted a 44–23–2, and resigned after six years.

247Sports' Robert Allen broke the news that Oklahoma State is hiring Gary Gibbs this afternoon.

From his report at the site's "Go Pokes" Oklahoma State page:

As was reported last week former Oklahoma head coach and NFL defensive coordinator and assistant Gary Gibbs attended an Oklahoma State fall camp football practice and watched from the sidelines. Gibbs has always been respected by Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy and when Gibbs asked if he could visit practice, Gundy was enthusiastic about having him. As reported by Go Pokes on Sunday, Gibbs was back in Stillwater today and sources informed Go Pokes and 247Sports is that Gibbs is going to join the Oklahoma State program in a limited capacity as either a defensive analyst or consultant. No announcement has been made, but I did joke on radio that this is like, "Dogs and Cats living together."

Gibbs inherited the Oklahoma program from Barry Switzer, whom he served under as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. The NCAA came down pretty hard on the Sooners, and he dealt with a bowl ban and television ban. His Sooners clubs also faced pretty strict scholarship reductions.

He struggled in the Sooners' big conference rivalry games, and was just 6-6 in his final year. He was replaced by Howard Schnellenberger, who served for one year, who then gave way to John Blake for two seasons, going 12-22. In 1999, Bob Stoops took over, and led the team for 17 seasons.

Struggles at Oklahoma aside, Gibbs is an experienced head coach, and Oklahoma State can use help on the defensive side.

After leaving Oklahoma, he reemerged as defensive coordinator at Georgia and LSU in the early 2000s. He's spent the last 15 years in the NFL ranks, most recently coaching linebackers for the Kansas City Chiefs.