Mike Stoops is out as the Oklahoma defensive coordinator, OUInsider.com confirmed on Sunday night. His replacement isn’t yet official, as a source said “Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley will make that known soon.”
The Oklahoma Sooners will take the field without Stoops, who is the younger brother of legendary Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops, in the defensive coordinator role for the first time since 2012.
Following the latest poor defensive performance, the much-maligned coordinator met with Riley and Oklahoma President James Gallogly to have a serious discussion. It turns out that serious discussion ended up being the decision that Stoops is out.
Stoops’ Sooners defense gave up the most ever points scored by Texas in the Red River Showdown, as the Longhorns put up 48 points. That included 24 in both halves and more than 500 yards of total offense. Oklahoma lost the game on a field goal converted by Texas kicker Cameron Dicker in the final seconds.
The surprising move to let Stoops go in the middle of the season caught some of the college football world off guard. Scroll up to see how the media reacted to the decision by Oklahoma.