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OU football: Alex Grinch named semifinalist for Broyles Award

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OU defensive coordinator Alex Grinch during the game against Baylor in Waco, Texas, Nov. 16.

First-year defensive coordinator Alex Grinch was named a semifinalist for the Broyles Award, which is given to the best assistant coach in college football. 

Grinch was hired in January to fix a group that was ranked 101st in total defense. Through 11 games, Grinch has led the Sooner defense to being ranked 31st in the same category. 

Before coming to Norman, he spent a year as co-defensive coordinator at Ohio State, and before that he was defensive coordinator at Washington State from 2015 to 2017.

This is the third time Grinch has been nominated for the Broyles Award, and he was a semifinalist in 2017. Now-head coach Lincoln Riley won the award in 2015 when he served as Oklahoma's offensive coordinator.

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