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Bill Blankenship named Tulsa coach

Updated: January 14, 2011, 9:03 PM ET
Associated Press

TULSA, Okla. -- Five years ago, Bill Blankenship left a comfortable job at an Oklahoma high school football powerhouse, taking a leap of faith that he'd land a college coaching job that fit him.

That offer didn't come until January 2007, when Todd Graham asked Blankenship to join his staff at Tulsa. Four years later, with Graham gone to Pittsburgh, Blankenship emerged from a crowded field of candidates and now has his dream job -- as head coach at his alma mater.

"Who would ...

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