Oklahoma Sooners reportedly interested in Alex Grinch as Defensive Coordinator

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Oklahoma Sooners season came to an end on Saturday night. They were defeated by the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Capital One Orange Bowl.

The Crimson Tide advanced with the College Football Playoff Semifinal win to the College Football Playoff National Championship game. They will face the Clemson Tigers in the winner-take-all game.


While the Sooners season has ended, it is time for head coach Lincoln Riley to make improvements to his coaching staff. One of those positions in need is a Defensive Coordinator.

Oklahoma had one of the worst defenses in the country. It did not help things when Mike Riley was fired and replaced by Ruffin McNeill on an interim basis.

The Sooners are reportedly targeting Ohio State Buckeyes Co-Defensive Coordinator and Safeties Coach Alex Grinch to fill the role. The 38-year-old Grove City, Ohio native also spent three seasons as the Washington State Cougars Defensive Coordinator and Defensive Backs Coach.

He also served as the Missouri Tigers Safeties Coach from 2012 through 2014. He also worked as the Wyoming Cowboys Defensive Backs Coach from 2009 through 2011.

Grinch also served as the New Hampshire Wildcats Defensive Backs Coach and Recruiting Coordinator in 2007 and 2008. He also was the Wildcats Cornerbacks Coach in 2005 and 2006.

He began his coaching career as the Missouri Tigers Graduate Assistant from 2002 through 20004.

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