NORMAN, Okla.-- Some people saw this coming, while others were shocked at the news.
Josh Heupel was kind of an OU darling; he led the Sooners to their National Championship in 2000 as the team's quarterback. Whether you think it's right or wrong, most agree this must have been a tough decision for Stoops.
"Josh Heuple and Jay Norvell will not be returning as members of the coaching staff here next year," Stoops formally announced this morning at Bob Stoops' press conference. The only reason he gave for the firings: he wants to go in a different direction.
"By no means does this mean these guys are, it's their responsibility how the season went. By no means are they scapegoats," Stoops continued.
On the radio show, the Sports Animal this morning, most people calling into Al Eschbach seemed thought that's exactly what it seemed like.
"I thought the defense was worse than the offense, really," one caller said.
Some thought that there would be demotions, but not complete removals. Which leads some to think that it's all part of a political move to get more money from the big boosters of the program.
Reaction on OU's campus was mixed.
"I think it's a little bit unreasonable to fire him. But i guess people want some change if things don't work out in season," one student said.
"I think it's a good move. I think change that needed to happen. It was disappointing to hear," another student said.