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Former Huskers coach Pelini joins OU staff

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Norman, OK (Sports Network) - Oklahoma hired former defensive coordinator

and interim head coach Bo Pelini to be its co-defensive coordinator on Saturday, just four days after he was fired by new Cornhuskers coach Bill Callahan. Pelini, one of seven assistants fired by Callahan earlier this week, replaces the departed Mike Stoops, who was named head coach at Arizona in November.

He will coach defensive backs and serve as co-defensive coordinator with Brent Venables, who will fill another position vacated by Stoops, that of associate head coach.

Under Pelini, who assumed defensive coordinator duties at in 2002, the Cornhuskers defense was ranked 11th in the nation last season. Oklahoma finished last season with the third-best defense in the country.

"Bo comes in with a great track record," OU head coach Bob Stoops said. "He has enjoyed success on many levels."

Pelini, who served as defensive coordinator under former head coach Frank Solich, guided the Cornhuskers to a 17-3 win over in the Alamo Bowl.

Pelini was a candidate to replace Solich, who was fired in November, but the school settled on Callahan instead.
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