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Tulsa coach Bill Blankenship continues to make changes on his coaching staff. He announced Denver Johnson as his new offensive coordinator Wednesday at a press conference.

Johnson, who will be in his fourth season on the Golden Hurricane, had spent the past three seasons as the offensive line coach. While in that post, Johnson had five offensive linemen earn all-conference honors, helping the offense rank among the nation's best for fewest quarterback sacks and TFLs over the last two seasons.

"Denver has vast offensive experience and knowledge in his many years as an offensive coach and head coach," Blankenship said. "I am extremely comfortable with Denver's philosophy and his leadership."

Having also played at TU as a player, Johnson takes over for Greg Peterson, who was relieved of his duties last week. Blankenship also hired his son, Josh Blankenship, to be the quarterbacks coach earlier this week.

A 1981 Tulsa graduate, Johnson spent 12 years as a head football coach, including three years at Murray State (1997-99) and nine years at Illinois State (2000-08), compiling an overall 69-66 career coaching mark.

Johnson also served as the offensive line coach at Tennessee Martin, Oklahoma State, Mississippi State and Oklahoma.

Blankenship also announced that Dan Bitson has been moved from running back coach to receiver coach and David Johnson will serve as running back coach.

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