By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to TFB Sooners, the Oklahoma Sooners have fired defensive coordinator Mike Stoops on Sunday. He is the brother of former Sooners head coach Bob Stoops, who retired from coaching in June 2017.
The site also said that there was no replacement named by head coach Lincoln Riley at this time.
Besides being the team’s defensive coordinator, he was also the team’s outside linebacker. He was with the school for 12 seasons.
He was making $950,000 this season. Stoops was the highest-paid coach on the staff prior to his firing, behind Riley, who is making $4.8 million.
He was let go after the Sooners lost on Saturday in the Red River Showdown. The No. 20 Texas Longhorns defeated No. 5 Oklahoma, 48-45, at the Cotton Bowl.
Stoops defense has been a problem for the team, dating back to last season.
Stoops re-joined the Sooners coaching staff in 2012 as the team’s Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs Coach. He then was promoted to Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Outside Linebackers Coach.
From 2004 through the 2011 season, he was the Arizona Wildcats head coach. He went 41-50 at the school with only three winning seasons in eight seasons.
Stoops also worked with the Sooners from 1999 through 2003. He served as their Assistant Head Coach/Co-Defensive Coordinator, and Defensive Backs Coach.
From 1992 to 1998, he served in different roles with the Kansas State Wildcats. He was first the defensive ends coach, then he served as the co-defensive coordinator and defensive ends coach in 1996. The following season, he was promoted to co-defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach.
In 1998, he was the school’s Assistant Head Coach/Co-Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs Coach.
He spent two seasons with the Iowa Hawkeyes as a graduate assistant in 1986 and 1987. He also was the Hawkeyes linebackers and defensive backs coach in 1991. During the gap, he played football in the NFL or the Arena Football League.
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