Oklahoma receivers coach leaves for NFL

Updated: January 12, 2006, 6:56 PM ET
Associated Press

NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma lost a second member of its offensive staff when receivers coach and passing game coordinator Darrell Wyatt took a job with the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday.

Wyatt had been the Sooners' receivers coach for the past four seasons and was also the team's pass game coordinator last season.

"It's tough to leave, but I felt this was a great opportunity," said Wyatt, who joins the staff of new Vikings head coach Brad Childress. "I get to join a new staff on the front end of a new contract. I look forward to the challenge on the next level.

"I feel like all our recruits are in good hands and I have encouraged all of them to stay with Oklahoma."

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said he doesn't feel "any extra urgency" to replace Wyatt and has several directions he could go in finding a replacement.

After offensive coordinator Chuck Long left to become San Diego State's new head coach last month, Oklahoma promoted Kevin Wilson to offensive coordinator and hired Josh Heupel as quarterbacks coach.

"We are all happy for Darrell and his family. He feels the NFL is the direction he wants to go and we are supportive of him reaching his goals," Stoops said in a statement. "We are all appreciative of the work he did here in coaching our receivers. He developed a great number of excellent players, and as also a strong recruiter."

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