The Oklahoma football program made a known program-defining coaching change official on Wednesday. Per the Oklahoma Sooners’ official Twitter page (also known as X), the team announced Seth Littrell and Joe Jon Finley as their offensive coordinators.
OU is thrilled to announce the following changes to our coaching staff:
▪️Seth Littrell, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) November 29, 2023
The Sooners needed to replace former offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby after the Mississippi State Bulldogs poached him to fill their head coaching void. Lebby held the OC position with Oklahoma for the past two seasons.
Seth Littrell: Former North Texas Head Coach Turned Oklahoma Football OC
Littrell joined Oklahoma football last March as an offensive analyst. The Oklahoma alum was the head coach at North Texas from 2016-2022 before his return to Norman. He posted a 44-44 record with the Mean Green as the frontman. North Texas put up gaudy offensive numbers under Littrell from 2017-2019, with quarterback Mason Fine throwing 86 touchdowns during that span. Additionally, North Texas scored 33.8 points per game in his final season as the bench boss.
Littrell worked as an offensive coordinator with three schools from 2010 to 2015. He worked with Nick Foles at the University of Arizona from 2010 to 2011 and Nate Sudfeld with the Indiana Hoosiers from 2012 to 2013. He also called plays at North Carolina from 2014 to 2015 while helping to lead them to an ACC Coastal Division title in his final year.
Joe Jon Finley: Oklahoma Football Legend Earns Co-Offensive Coordinator Gig
Finley played his college football with Oklahoma from 2004-2007, recording 62 receptions, 775 yards, and ten scores as a tight end. After a four-year stint in the NFL, Finley turned to coaching, returning to Oklahoma in 2012 as a graduate assistant. In 2014, he took on an assistant role at Los Fresnos High School in Texas under his brother and head coach Clint. However, he returned to college in 2015, landing an offensive quality control analyst job at Baylor under Art Briles.
The Texas native earned his first job coaching tight ends with the Missouri Tigers in 2016. His group led the country in touchdowns scored by tight ends, leading to Finley joining Jimbo Fisher at Texas A&M the following season. Finley again shifted to another SEC school in 2020, becoming the passing game coordinator and tight ends coach at Ole Miss. The 38-year-old again returned to Oklahoma in 2021 as the associate head coach for offense while maintaining his tight ends coaching position. Among those coaches by Finley at OU are current tight end Austin Stogner and former standouts Brayden Willis and Jeremiah Hall.