Oklahoma Sooners Football – RJ’s Thoughts: Jerry Schmidt’s legacy at OU will be hard to follow

By RJYoung

Jerry Schmidt leaves a void that’s tough to fill at Oklahoma, and Trae Young continues to shine.

University of Oklahoma director of sports enhancement Jerry Schmidt is no longer the owner of one of the longest titles I’ve ever seen. ESPN and WWLS’ Dusty Dvoracek reports Schmidt opted for a slightly shorter one in becoming Texas A&M’s strength and conditioning coach.

With this hire, Schmidt becomes the latest Oklahoma player or coach to end up at Texas A&M. The list includes former Ampersand U headman Kevin Sumlin, offensive lineman Christian Daimler, running backs Brandon Williams and Keith Ford, quarterback Trevor Knight and, only days ago, former defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery.

Nearing his crystal anniversary with the Sooners, though, it was gonna take a big bag of money to pull Schmidt into Texas hill country. The highest paid strength and conditioning coach in the country is Iowa coach Chris Doyle, according to USA Today. Doyle earns $675,000 annually. Schmidt ranks No. 15 among strength and conditioning coaches nationwide at $339,000 annually. If you really want to get upset about Schmidt leaving, Oklahoma State coach strength and conditioning coach Rob Glass is the fifthhighest strength coach in …read more

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