Stoops, the brother of legendary Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, spent the last two seasons as an analyst at Alabama. He was a defensive assistant at Oklahoma from 2012-2018 and coached under Bob for many of those seasons.
A recent report indicated Stoops was going to be hired by new Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian, potentially as a linebackers coach. That move would have been unpopular among Longhorns fans because of their fierce rivalry with Oklahoma, so they should be happy to see Stoops land elsewhere.
Mike Stoops has been fired as Oklahoma’s defensive coordinator, according to reports.
Both The Athletic’s Jason Kersey and The Football Brainiacs’ James Hale reported on Sunday that Stoops has lost his job with the Sooners.
Stoops, who was the head coach at Arizona from 2004-2011 before joining his brother’s program, has been the Sooners’ associate head coach and defensive coordinator since 2012.
Stoops’ firing comes after the Sooners allowed 48 points to Texas in their rivalry game — the most they’d allowed to the Longhorns. The 5-1 Sooners are 79th in the country with 27.3 points allowed per game.
Stoops being fired may lead to more of a sense that this is Lincoln Riley’s program now rather than one that was left over by his predecessor, Bob Stoops.