Oklahoma football: Longtime OU linebackers coach Tim Kish retires

The Sooners will be looking for a new linebackers coach after Tim Kish announced his retirement Saturday evening.

Tim Kish’s retirement wraps up a 43-year football career that included stops at Bowling Green, Ball State, Army, Northwestern, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Arizona and Oklahoma. He had worked with former Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops since Stoops since 2004 in Arizona.

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in addition to working as a linebackers coach he also served as a defensive coordinator at Illinois, Ohio and Arizona as well as a four-game stint as interim head coach of the Wildcats in 2011.

Tim Kish’s Oklahoma pupils include Dom Alexander, Corey Nelson, Eric Striker, and Jordan Evans, all of which were named to the all Big 12 team or higher.

His retirement may very well have been planned before the season, but could also be the first domino to fall after new defensive coordinator Alex Grinch was officially hired yesterday at Oklahoma.

The Sooners may end up looking for more defensive assistants before it is all said and done as secondary coach Kerry Cooks, outside linebackers coach Bob Diaco and defensive line coach Ruffin McNeil could all find themselves either reassigned (in the case of McNeil) or looking elsewhere for employment by the time the Sooners start spring football.

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Oklahoma football is coming off its worst three-year defensive stretch in school history and fired former defensive coordinator Mike Stoops midseason last year. Under Lincoln Riley the Sooners have lost just four times in and have scored 39.5 points per game in those four games.