Oklahoma Fires Defensive Coordinator Mike Stoops After Surrendering 48 Points to Texas

By Kevin Harrish on October 8, 2018 at 1:39 pm
Mike Stoops was fired.
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Oklahoma wasted no time in making a change at defensive coordinator after surrendering 48 points to Texas this weekend, firing longtime coordinator Mike Stoops.

In his place, defensive tackles coach Ruffin McNeill will serve as the interim defensive coordinator for the remainder of the season.

From OU Insider at 247sports.com:

“I have great respect for Mike,” Riley said. “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.”

In the interim, assistant head coach and defensive tackles coach Ruffin McNeill will take over as defensive coordinator. Bob Diaco will move from defensive specialist to coach outside linebackers.


“Ruffin has an impressive résumé,” Riley said. “That's why I wanted him on our staff in the first place. I have confidence in his knowledge and leadership. Bob has a lot of experience in very good programs and also has a list of accomplishments that will help him step in and make an immediate impact. We are fortunate to have these men in our program. They'll be ready to get to work in new roles right away.”

The Sooners have gone just one game allowing fewer than 21 points this season, holding FAU to 14 points in the season opener.

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