Tulsa introduces Baylor OC Philip Montgomery as next head coach

Tulsa new head coach Baylor offensive coordinator
Philip Montgomery will be the next head coach at Tulsa. (USATSI)

Tulsa has found a replacement for Bill Blankenship, naming Baylor offensive coordinator Philip Montgomery as its new head coach on Thursday.

Montgomery, the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Baylor for the last seven years, has coached with Art Briles for 16 seasons, dating back to Stephenville High School in Texas. Bryce Petty, Nick Florence, Robert Griffin III, Case Keenum and Kevin Kolb have all put together all-conference seasons under Montgomery's direction. 

"I am truly honored to be the next head coach at the University of Tulsa," said Montgomery. "I want to thank President Upham, Derrick Gragg and the Board of Trustees for this special opportunity. I was fortunate to be in a great position working with Coach Briles and the wonderful people at Baylor. I've always wanted to be a head coach, but my family and I knew that it would take the right opportunity to get me to leave Waco. Tulsa is that special opportunity. There is a lot of work to get done and trust me, I'm already on it. Get ready for some fun, fast and physical football." 

Blankenship went 24-27 in four years with Tulsa after taking over for Todd Graham in 2011. The Golden Hurricane won the Conference USA title in 2012, but have gone just 5-19 in the last two seasons. 

"We are extremely pleased to have Philip Montgomery as our head football coach," athletic director Derrick Gragg said. "Coach Montgomery has an outstanding background as a collegiate coach and recruiter. He is one of the bright offensive minds in college football and has coordinated explosive offenses at both Houston and Baylor."

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