Mike Stoops to Texas? Steve Sarkisian says former Sooners DC won't be Longhorns' LB coach, per report
College football is the best soap opera going.
The latest plot twist — a Stoops wearing Texas burnt orange ... maybe or maybe not.
Former Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops was expected to join Steve Sarkisian's staff at Texas as the linebackers coach, per a report late Thursday night from Matt Zenitz of al.com. Brian Davis of the Austin American-Statesman reported Friday morning that Sarkisian said Stoops will not be joining the Longhorns.
Stoops, who has worked as an analyst for Alabama the past two seasons, served two stints coaching the Sooners before getting fired after a 48-45 loss to the Longhorns in 2018.
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He joined his brother Bob Stoops' first coaching staff at OU in 1999 and helped the Sooners win the national title in the 2000 season. He left to become head coach at Arizona ahead of the 2004 season and went 41-50 in parts of eight seasons with the Wildcats before he was fired in the 2011 season. He returned to the OU coaching staff the following season.
Mike Stoops would become the fourth member of the 2020 Crimson Tide staff to follow Sarkisian to Austin, joining tight ends coach Jeff Banks, offensive line coach Kyle Flood and analyst A.J. Milwee.
Not only would Mike Stoops be coaching against his former employer in one of the sport's top rivalries, but he would be coaching against his nephew in OU receiver Drake Stoops.
Sarkisian is replacing Tom Herman, who was fired earlier this month after going 32-18 in four seasons at UT.