It was announced early Monday morning that Mike Stoops is no longer employed by the University of Oklahoma, and Ruffin McNeill will move from assistant head coach and defensive tackles coach, to interim defensive coordinator.
When reports started surfacing on Sunday night, current and former players were quick to show Stoops their support on social media, including a heart-felt video message from former fullback JD Runnels.
All I can say is thank you @OU_CoachMike you gave me a shot when nobody else would and for that I am forever grateful no matter what people say they never know you for the great person you really are and how much you care for your players…Thank You Coach
— Kenneth Murray (@Kmurrayy_9) October 8, 2018
I love @OU_CoachMike he has done so much more than irrelevant people will ever see. Thank you Coach
— O7?? (@calebkkelly) October 8, 2018
Kelly also spoke with the Tulsa World’s Eric Bailey.
Just spoke with Caleb Kelly. Said he loves Mike Stoops, who had key role in his recruitment. Says defense will rely on team leaders moving forward. Adds Ruffin is really positive, will help transition. #Sooners
— Eric Bailey (@EricBaileyTW) October 8, 2018
I just want to say thank you to @OU_CoachMike for all that he has done for me and @OU_Football! He’s the biggest reason I came north of the Red River, and I owe him everything I have in my adult life. Passionate Coach and Great Man!
“Tough Times Don’t Last, Tough People Do!”
— Dusty Dvoracek (@DustyDvoracek) October 8, 2018
Message: @OU_CoachMike pic.twitter.com/hjurcp5a0l
— J.D. Runnels jr. (@Just_JD38) October 8, 2018
This is a tough business. I want to thank @OU_CoachMike for believing in my son. My heart goes out to him and his family, and @LincolnRiley, and the rest of the OU family.
— Kelvin Hicks (@khicks71467) October 8, 2018
Don’t care what they say still a play caller in my book ?? pic.twitter.com/0aQ4yGoR83
— NEIGHBORHOOD HERO (@NextLevel_Will) October 8, 2018
An old college football proverb:
“You can’t fire the players.”
— Gabe Ikard (@GabeIkard) October 8, 2018