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Dec 11, 2014 4:41 PM

AP Source: Baylor OC to become Tulsa head coach

The Associated Press

Tulsa is close to an agreement to hire Baylor offensive coordinator Philip Montgomery as its head coach, a person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because a deal had not been completed.

Montgomery has been calling the plays for one of the most prolific offenses in college football for the last four seasons. Baylor is the only team in FBS to be ranked in the top two in total offense each of the last four seasons and the top four in the country in scoring offense over that same time.

The Bears have won the Big 12 each of the last two seasons.

The 42-year-old Texan has spent most of his career as an assistant to Baylor coach Art Briles, first at Stephenville (Texas) High School and then at Houston (2003-07) and Baylor.

Tulsa fired Bill Blankenship earlier this month after the Golden Hurricane went 2-10.

Tulsa went to eight bowls between 2004-12, played in the Conference USA championship game four times and won a championship twice. Since its last title in 2012, the Golden Hurricane have won five games.

Montgomery was one of five finalists for the Broyles Award, given to the top assistant coach in the nation, in 2013.


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