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Teammates yet again, Oklahoma’s DeMarco Murray and Joe Jon Finley enjoying life on the same sideline

Teammates yet again, Oklahoma’s DeMarco Murray and Joe Jon Finley enjoying life on the same sideline

The number of former Sooner players on the current Oklahoma coaching staff grew again this offseason.

In 2019, the arrival of defensive coordinator Alex Grinch brought former OU linebacker Brian Odom back into the fold.

A member of the 2000 National Championship team, Odom joined Cale Gundy as the only other coach at the time who donned the crimson and cream on the gridiron.

Yet over the past two offseasons, Lincoln Riley has continued to add to those exclusive ranks.

Ahead of the 2020 season, all-time touchdown leader DeMarco Murray was hired as the Sooners running back coach, and now this year Murray’s former teammateJoe Jon Finley entered the fold as the tight end/H-backs coach.

“It’s great to have Joe Jon. Great friend of mine,” Murray said in a Zoom press conference on Thursday. “We were close when we played and obviously we’ve always kept in contact.”

To read the full story, please visit https://www.si.com/college/oklahoma/football/teammates-yet-again-oklahomas-demarco-murray-and-joe-jon-finley-enjoying-life-on-the-same-sideline

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Ryan Chapman covers Oklahoma Athletics and the Oklahoma City Thunder for 107.7 The Franchise since 2019. In December of 2020, Chapman was named the Deputy Editor of Sports Illustrated Sooners, and he also is a contributor for Sports Illustrated Thunder. Chapman has previously worked for OCCC's Student Newspaper, The Pioneer, where Chapman covered the Oklahoma City Energy, the Oklahoma City Dodgers, Oklahoma Athletics and the Oklahoma City Thunder. During his time with The Pioneer, Chapman served as the Sports Editor as well as the Editor-in-Chief.

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