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Old 03-27-2018, 08:36 AM   #8
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What defensive coordinator held Sooners to lowest home scoring output in 12 years? Bob Diaco, OU's new defensive analyst:

“You can tell the kids are always in the right position and rarely make mental mistakes and play hard,” Riley said following Monday’s practice. “His guys did that at Notre Dame. They were outright dominant defensively for several years. He always caught my eye that way. And then we had some mutual friends in the business. But actually, we had never met until this thing came around. We might have met in pregame before (an East Carolina-UConn game in 2014) quickly. But we knew he had a great reputation.”

How good were Diaco’s defenses at Notre Dame? The Irish handcuffed OU in a 30-13 win at Memorial Stadium in the 2012 season. It’s the Sooners’ lowest scoring output at home in the past dozen years. OU did gain revenge by winning 35-21 at Notre Dame in 2013.

Diaco, 45, can’t make off-campus recruiting visits or coach on the field, but he’ll provide valuable insight for the Sooners.

“(Defensive analysts) do a lot of work behind the scenes. Everyone uses them different ways. Some people use them as go-fers, some people use them as guys to input data and get the busy work ready,” Riley said. “Guys like him who have more experience you’ll use him for more big-picture ideas. Out here he can’t do as much, but in our staff room he’ll be like another full-time coach in there.”
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