NORMAN, Okla. - In a stunning move, Oklahoma defensive line coach and co-defensive coordinator Jerry Montgomery is leaving the Sooners after accepting an NFL job. The position and team weren't immediately known.
OU broke the news through a press release Tuesday afternoon.
Montgomery was named co-defensive coordinator a little more than a month ago in the hopes OU would be able to keep the up and coming coach.
He spent the last two seasons coaching the defensive line and proved to be a solid recruiting commodity for the Sooners. He was the main recruiter on four star talents Neville Gallimore (defensive tackle) and Ricky DeBerry (linebacker).
"My family will be forever grateful to Coach Stoops for providing me with the privilege of learning from him and the rest of the staff at the University of Oklahoma," Montgomery said in a statement. "I have been offered an unbelievable opportunity to pursue my dream of coaching in the National Football League...There were very few jobs I would have even considered."
Bob Stoops issued a statement wishing Montgomery and his family the best.
“This is a rare opportunity for Jerry and his family to join one of the finest organizations in the National Football League,” Stoops said. “I appreciate the positive impact that Jerry has made with our defensive line the past two seasons, as well as his many other contributions to Oklahoma Football. The NFL is getting a fine man and a very talented football coach. I support Jerry’s decision to further his career goals working with one of the most stable and successful franchises in pro football...I have already begun the search process to bring another talented defensive line coach into our program. On behalf of our entire staff, we wish Jerry, Natalie and their family the very best.”