For a few years now, Sooner fans haven’t been shy about their frustrations over the Mike Stoop’s led defense. However, after giving up 501 yards of offense and 48 points to Texas on Saturday, cries for Mike Stoop’s job have boiled up to an all-time high.
It appears that those cries have been heard, too.
Please be respectful.https://t.co/slsOb8kPki
— TFB Sooners (@TFB_Sooners) October 8, 2018
According to The Football Brainiacs, a leader in Sooner’s digital coverage, Mike Stoops is out at Oklahoma.
Details are scarce at this point, and it is not known who will take over the defense in the intirim. It’s also important to note that the report has not been confirmed by the school. We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.
UPDATE: Sooner Scoop, Tulsa World and the Oklahoman confirming.
— SoonerScoop.com (@SoonerScoop) October 8, 2018
Source very close to program confirms Mike Stoops is out as DC. Don't know yet if it was resignation or dismissal. #Sooners
— Guerin Emig (@GuerinEmig) October 8, 2018
— Ryan Aber (@ryaber) October 8, 2018
UPDATE 2: A couple of early favorites being named to lead the Sooner defense are Ruffin McNeill and Bob Diaco.
McNeill was brought onto the Sooner’s staff before last season as assistant head coach and defensive tackles coach. The defensive-minded coach has a long resume behind him, and has history facing the spread. In 2000, he was brought on Texas Tech as the Red Raider’s linebackers coach. He worked his way up the coaching ladder, and in 2009 he took over as interim head coach for the bowl game after Mike Leach was suspended. In 2010, he took over at East Carolina, but was let go after going 5-7 in 2015. He went on to become an assistant head coach and defensive line coach at Virginia for the 2016 season before being hired at Oklahoma.
Diaco joined the Sooner’s staff this off-season as a defensive analyst. He has been coaching since 1996 as a graduate assistant at Iowa, and in 2009, he was hired as defensive coordinator under Brian Kelly at Cincinnati. Diaco later followed Kelly to Notre Dame, where he was defensive coordinator for the Fighting Irish until he was named the head coach at Connecticut at the end of the 2013 season. The Irish were second in points allowed per game in 2012 under Diaco’s leadership. Diaco was let go at UConn after a disappointing 2016 season. In 2017, Mike Riley hired Diaco to be Nebraska’s defensive coordinator, but was fired at the end of the season when Nebraska cleaned house.
UPDATE 4: According to John Hoover with 107.7 The Franchise, a sports talk radio station out of Oklahoma, the decision to part ways with Stoops came from over Lincoln Riley’s head.
Turns out my guess was spot on, according to a great source. Presidential level. https://t.co/BHyMg9OuSI
— John E. Hoover (@johnehoover) October 8, 2018