Former Oklahoma coach, Bob Stoops, is returning to his coaching career as the head coach and general manager of the Dallas-based franchise in the new XFL league. Stoops was introduced in a news conference on Thursday by commissioner of the XFL.
The fact that Stoops is returning to coaching at the professional level is somewhat ironic in that he turned down several opportunities to coach in the NFL when he was at Oklahoma
Bob Stoops is excited about starting it from the “ground flor”. During the conference, he said:
“I was also excited about starting something from the ground floor,” Stoops said. “To hiring coaches, and then you gotta accumulate your players, get your organization set up, it reminds me of when I first arrived at Oklahoma.
I thought one of the best things I ever did in my career was getting my first staff together at OU. … That’s exciting to me. The opportunity to put it together and help it grow.”
The 55 year old coach retired in June 2017 at Oklahoma after coaching the Sooners for 18 seasons and passing Barry Switzer as the school’s all-time winningest coach. Stoops was 190-48 at OU with 10 Big 12 championships and won the 2000 national title in leading the Sooners to a 13-0 record.
The XFL league will begin play in 2020 during the early part of the year and will feature a 10-week regular season.