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Brent Venables got a poor grade in his On3 report card

Brent Venables got a poor grade in his On3 report card

If you were to ask Oklahoma Sooners head coach Brent Venables how he would rate his play in his first year as a head coach, he probably wouldn’t be very kind to himself. While Venables deserves some slack, the standards in Norman, Oklahoma are truly astronomical.

On3’s Jesse Simonton ranked each of the first-year head coaches and gave Venables a “D”. I can’t say I don’t agree with that. Going 6-6 with losses to Texas, Baylor, TCU and Texas Tech in the same season is simply unacceptable, and Venables knows it.

Since he arrived in Norman, Venables has done what he has done for years at Clemson, recruit at a high level. Another top-ten class filled with blue-chip prospects is on its way to Oklahoma. Recruiting is an important part of the battle, and rightly so something that Venables and his staff do very well. If it weren’t for that recruiting performance, Simonton would have given Venables an “F.”

Venables gets the Mario Cristobal treatment here, because a strong showing in the 2023 recruiting cycle is the only thing that saved him from a big, fat F after such a disastrous debut.

The Sooners had their worst season in nearly a quarter century (1998), losing six games, including a 49-0 loss to Texas in the Red River Rivalry.

Oklahoma started the year as a top-10 team and started 3-0. Then the Sooners gave up 5-of-7 as a defense — Venables’ specialty — had more holes than a cheese sorter. They could neither cover nor grasp. -Jesse Simonton, On3

Although Venables’ arrival was not touted as a rebuild, the first year of the Venables era was just that, a rebuild. However, this assessment, although harsh, is not unfair. Can Venables improve on this disappointing season? Our fans will have to wait and see what happens in 2023.

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