Tulsa hires Baylor co-defensive coordinator Brian Norwood
The move, which was first reported by SI.com, is a reunion between Norwood and new Golden Hurricanes coach Philip Montgomery, who was hired last month. Montgomery spent the past seven years at Baylor, the last two as the primary offensive coordinator. Both were part of Bears coach Art Briles’ original staff when he arrived in 2008.
Norwood joins Tulsa’s other co-defensive coordinator, Bill Young, who Montgomery hired on Friday. Norwood served as Baylor's defensive coordinator from 2008-10 before moving to associate head coach and safeties coach. Prior to that, he coached safeties at Penn State (2001-07), Texas Tech (2000) and Navy (1995-99). He played defensive back for Hawaii from 1983-87.
Montgomery is considered one of college football’s brightest offensive minds. He called plays for Baylor's prolific attack that has been ranked among the FBS’ top two in total offense the last four seasons. The Bears ranked first in the FBS in total offense (581.5 yards per game) and scoring offense (48.2 points per game).
Montgomery’s pupils include NFL quarterbacks Robert Griffin III, who won the Heisman Trophy in 2011, Case Keenum and Kevin Kolb. An Eastland, Texas native, Montgomery also has major recruiting ties in the Lone Star State.
He succeeds Bill Blankenship, who was fired after a 24-27 record in five seasons, including a 2-10 mark this season.