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NORMAN, Oklahoma (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Oklahoma has officially hired Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables as its head coach to replace Lincoln Riley.

Venables landed in Norman earlier tonight to greet his new team.

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Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney, left, and defensive coach Brent Venables (Credit: AP Photo/Richard Shiro, File)

Riley departed the Sooners last week to take over at Southern California. Venables was on Oklahoma’s staff under Bob Stoops as co-defensive coordinator from 1999 to 2003 and defensive coordinator from 2004 to 2011. At Clemson, he won the Broyles Award in 2016 as the nation’s top assistant.

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He has been on the staff of teams that have won three national titles and played in eight national championship games.

This is the first time 50-year-old Venables has been hired as head coach.

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