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Sooners promoting McNeill to Defensive Coordinator

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Oklahoma Sooners will name Ruffin McNeill as the interim Defensive Coordinator soon. McNeill will replace Mike Stoops, who was fired by head coach Lincoln Riley on Sunday evening.

Stoops was in his 12th season with the Sooners, and was the second highest-paid coach behind Riley. Besides being the Defensive Coordinator, Stoops was also the team’s outside linebackers coach.

Oklahoma Sooners defensive coach Ruffin McNeill talking to the media

Ruffin McNeill speaking with the media (Video Screenshot/

The brother of former Sooners head coach Bob Stoops was let go on Sunday after the Texas Longhorns scored 48 points against his defense in the Red River Showdown at the Cotton Bowl. The 48 points were the most points ever scored by Texas in the history of the battle between the two schools, who have hatred for one another.

With McNeill moving from Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Tackles to Defensive Coordinator, Riley also had to make another change. Bob Diaco, who was a Defensive Analyst with the team, will now serve as the team’s linebackers coach.

The 59-year-old will be in his first Defensive Coordinator since he held the position in 2008 and 2009 with the Texas Tech Red Raiders. He also held Defensive Coordinator positions with the Fresno State Bulldogs in 1999, UNLV Runnin’ Rebels in 1997-1998, and the Appalachian State Mountaineers from 1989 to 1991.

He joined the Sooners staff in June 2017.

Diaco, who last served as the Defensive Coordinator with the Nebraska Cornhuskers before taking a job at Oklahoma, is a previous head coach with the UCONN Huskies. He will serve in his new role for the first time since the 2013 season with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, where he served as the Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach.


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