Oklahoma Coaching Search: Brent Venables, Shane Beamer, Luke Fickell| Who Will Become The Next Coach

Oklahoma football is in the market for a new head football coach after Lincoln Riley's sudden departure for USC this past Sunday. With the Early Signing Period rapidly approaching, time is of the essence for the Sooners to make a hire. Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables, first-year South Carolina head coach Shane Beamer and Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell are the three names being brought up the most, according to OUInsider's Joey Helmer There is perhaps more smoke regarding the first than the latter two, though.

"From who we've been able to talk to and sources around, it sounds like there is something there ... The smoke continues to swirl around Brent Venables," Helmer told Trey Scott on the College Football Daily Podcast. "He is perhaps the lead candidate. I've also heard Shane Beamer, a guy who has been linked to Oklahoma, and Luke Fickell at Cincinnati. Those are kind of the three circulating the most. But I think at this point, Venables, it sounds like there is a lot there with this thing."

"For Brent Venables, there are a certain amount of family ties, if you will, not being directly family but a guy who has been with the program — you had 10 years before he went to Clemson," Helmer added. " There is a certain amount of familiarity there as well."
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