Former Oklahoma and legendary college football head coach Bob Stoops finds himself back in charge of a team.
On Thursday, Stoops was officially named the new head coach and general manager of the XFL’s Dallas franchise. He takes the position two years after retiring as the head coach of the Sooners.
This would mark Stoops’ first experience as a coach outside of the college game. Even as an assistant coach, Stoops has never coached in any other league.
Official: Bob Stoops announced as new head coach and GM of the XFL's Dallas franchise. A source close to Stoops pointed out to me some of why this is an ideal fit: gets to work w coaches/players again; 2 1/2 drive from Norman; great money; won’t miss any OU Football."
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) February 7, 2019
According to The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman, Stoops had several reasons to take the job, even though he said that he was finished coaching when he stepped down at Oklahoma. The job is less than three hours from Norman, he’ll earn good money and won’t miss the Sooners play in the fall.
In a professional league, Stoops also won’t have to worry about recruiting, an aspect that makes college coaching a 24/7/365 job.
Stoops was the head coach at Oklahoma from 1999-2017, leading the Sooners to 10 Big XII titles and a national championship in 2000. In 18 seasons, he posted a 190-48 record and took OU to a bowl game every seasons. In 14 seasons, his teams won 10 games or more.