Ex-Oklahoma QB to coach tight ends

Updated: January 25, 2005, 12:32 PM ET
Associated Press

Arizona: The Wildcats announced Monday that Josh Heupel, runner-up for the 2000 Heisman Trophy at Oklahoma, has been hired as tight ends coach, a move first reported earlier this month.

Heupel, quarterback for the Sooners' 1999 national championship team, was a graduate assistant at Oklahoma last season under coach Bob Stoops. Heupel joins Stoops' brother, Mike, who is entering his second year as head coach at Arizona.

Heupel passed for 7,456 yards in two seasons at Oklahoma after transferring from Snow Junior College. He was a sixth-round draft pick of the Miami Dolphins in 2001. He spent one season with Miami and one with the Green Bay Packers, then played one year in NFL Europe before returning to Oklahoma as a graduate assistant last season.

Oklahoma State: North Dakota State defensive line coach Nelson Barnes has accepted a position at Oklahoma State.

Barnes will coach defensive linemen for Oklahoma State. OSU plays in the Big 12 Conference, which is aligned with the Bowl Championship Series.

"Anytime one of our coaches has a chance to go to a BCS school, that's a great deal," NDSU coach Craig Bohl said. "Oklahoma State is a good program and a great opportunity."

Barnes is the third assistant coach to leave the program in the past two months, and the fifth to take another job since Bohl was named head coach in 2003.

NDSU now is looking to fill coaching positions for defensive backs, defensive linemen and running backs.

Defensive coordinator Jimmy Burrow and offensive coordinator Tim Albin left in December for Ohio. Offensive line coach Pat Perles and linebackers coach Casey Bradley were promoted to those spots.

The changes come with the Bison in the midst of recruiting. Signing day is Feb. 2, and Bohl said NDSU has landed at least eight commitments.

"I personally went out and got heavily involved with a lot of recruits," he said. "It has not been disruptive."

Carrillo to lead New Mexico Highlands University
New Mexico Highlands has named former defensive coordinator Santos Carrillo interim head coach for the 2005 season.

Carrillo, who says he loves everything about living in New Mexico -- from the Cowboys to green chili -- succeeds John Fassel. Fassel resigned last week to accept a job as offensive assistant with the Baltimore Ravens.

Carrillo, a native of Salinas, Calif., who played football at Weber State, said Fassel will be missed, but it's time for the program to move on.

"We plan to stay on track," Carrillo said. "I told the players and coaches that just because we're dropping one guy off [Fassel], it doesn't mean everyone has to leave the train."

New Mexico Highlands finished 3-8 last season. The Cowboys' first win in September ended a 25-game losing streak, at the time the longest in Division II.

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