The newest member of Oklahoma’s coaching staff met the media for the first time Wednesday afternoon. Jay Boulware is Oklahoma’s new tight ends coach. He joins the Sooner staff after time on Gene Chizik’s staff at Auburn and a month long stint at Wisconsin.
"It's been outstanding getting back here, being in this town and being around these people,” said Boulware. “It's been awesome, I've really enjoyed myself for the 48 hours that I've been here. I look forward to many more days like these especially when I get my family here."
While spending most of his time growing up in Texas, Boulware was born in Oklahoma City.
"I left Oklahoma City right after first grade. I was about six, maybe seven. So, I lived here for close to seven years. We moved to Houston for a few years then moved to Irving.”
While he’ll spend most of his time coaching the Sooner tight ends, Boulware comes to Oklahoma with the reputation as an outstanding special teams coach.
"First of all, I'm very blessed to be at a program like that and be able to come to a program like this. It's just a phenomenal blessing. It's really all about the players. I would like to sit here and say that I did something different from Iowa State to Utah or Arizona or where ever I've coached special teams, but the fact of the matter is I may have become a better coach but I also got better players. I'm looking forward to that same type of job here when I get a chance to work with these athletes because I know what kind of players OU has."
While Boulware has been on the job for only a couple of days, he says he came to Norman knowing how special it was to wear the Crimson and Cream.
"Recruiting, recruiting, recruiting. When you walk in with this OU on your chest then you are immediately in everybody's top two or three. It really means something and makes a difference. This is my first time at a place when you are the big dog on the street and everybody knows it."
Obviously, coaching at Oklahoma is one of the premiere jobs in college football, but Boulware says there were other reasons for moving to the Sooner state.
"Well first and foremost, OU is a phenomenal place. I'm looking around at these facilities and the people that are here and the community, but Wisconsin was a wonderful place too. I told [Wisconsin] Coach Anderson, when I accepted this job, that there was one main reason that I was leaving and that was family."
"When you have the opportunity to get back close to home and family I think most would take it. I think when you have opportunities to be there for your family you have to choose family every time. I put god first, my family second and football is third."