OU football: Jamar Cain announced as Sooners' outside linebackers coach
NORMAN — Jamar Cain's hire as OU's outside linebackers coach is official.
The 40-year-old comes to Norman after spending last season coaching the defensive line at Arizona State.
Prior to that, he was Fresno State's defensive line coach for two season and spent three seasons coaching defensive ends at North Dakota State.
Cain helped Arizona State put together a 2020 recruiting class ranked No. 25 in Rivals.com's rankings.
"I'm really excited to bring Jamar on board," Sooners coach Lincoln Riley said in a release. "He's a talented coach who's gained tremendous experience early in his career. He's a dynamic recruiter and has a great track record of developing defensive talent at each of his stops."
Cain replaces Ruffin McNeill, who recently stepped away from coaching to return to North Carolina to care for his elderly father.
"It was just an opportunity I couldn't pass up," Cain said in a release. "Once Coach Riley and Coach (Alex) Grinch reached out I thought this was perfect for my family. In the end, when you look at it, there's only one Oklahoma and you can't turn that down."
While Cain has never worked directly with Grinch, OU's defensive coordinator, there is a connection through former Wyoming coach Dave Christensen.
Grinch was the Cowboys' defensive backs coach from 2009-11. Cain spent the 2013 season as Wyoming's defensive line coach and eventually interim defensive coordinator.
Earlier this week, former Sooners running back DeMarco Murray was named OU's running backs coach after spending a season at Arizona.
"I'm just going to try to add to what's already there," Cain said. "I'm going to have a relentless attitude, be as detailed as possible and try to build lasting relationships with the players and coaches. I can't wait to get started."