Every coach has to “change the culture” when they take over a job these days.
Obviously, Lincoln Riley had to make that Priority No. 1 after he replaced Clay Helton.
But Oklahoma coach Brent Venables told boosters Tuesday in Amarillo, Texas, he also had to make changes.
“I saw too much casualness, if you will,” Venables said when he showed up for Oklahoma bowl practices in December. “Too much on nonchalantness when I came in December to watch the team prepare for the bowl game.”
Venables also relayed his message to the team:
“We lost two heartbreakers, one-score games, could have went either way. (The previous) Coach decides he doesn’t want to be here? OK. Good. Now what do you want to do? We don’t need a program in disarray.
“We’re starting over. We’re stripping this bad boy down to the studs.”