Mike Stoops is in for a bright future. He is joining the long list of former coaches to join Nick Saban’s staff in a supporting role following a firing from their previous position. A list that includes many current FBS head coaches with the most recent being Mike Locksley, Steve Sarkisian, and Butch Jones. Locksley was hired as the Head Coach at The University of Maryland just this past December and Sarkisian stepped in to fill his void for the College Football Playoff.
Although Stoops’ time at OU may be over, there are bright days ahead for the younger brother of the winningest coach in Sooner football history. Monday morning a report was released stating that Mike Stoops and the Alabama Crimson Tide were finalizing a deal to bring Stoops on board as an in-game analyst.
Mike Stoops was brought in to fill the role of the Sooners defensive coordinator following the 2012 season after holding a 41-50 record in his 8-year reign as the Head Coach of the Arizona Wildcats. Stoops had been in the hot seat for quite some time with fans calling for his job after almost every single game. Lincoln Riley made the executive decision to part ways with Stoops following the Sooners 48-45 loss to the Longhorns in the 2018 Red River Shootout.
In his interview following the announcement of Stoops’ firing Head Coach Lincoln Riley said, “I have great respect for Mike, He’s a quality football coach, great man and a close friend. It became time for a change in our program and that happens sometimes in football, but we cannot lose sight of the accomplishments Mike had at Oklahoma. He was responsible for a lot of success and deserves the gratitude of everyone associated with Sooner football, not only for his role in the winning, but for coaching with integrity.”
Lincoln Riley has yet to comment on the reports, but even with the recent College Football Playoff Semifinal matchup between the Tide and the Sooners, it can be believed that Riley and the entire Sooners team and staff will wish Coach Stoops the best of luck in his future endeavors.