Oklahoma Fires Defensive Coordinator Mike Stoops After Loss to Texas

A day after a defensive meltdown in a 48-45 loss to Texas, Oklahoma has parted ways with defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to USA TODAY Sports. The news was first reported by KREF radio host James Hale.

Stoops was an original member of older brother Bob Stoops’ Oklahoma staff, and helped build dominant defenses in the early 2000s before going to Arizona as head coach. He returned to Oklahoma in 2012 and remained on staff when Lincoln Riley succeeded Bob Stoops before the 2017 season. But the Sooners’ defenses never approached their former standards.

Defensive deficiency was the primary reason Oklahoma, despite a record-setting offense, fell short in a College Football Playoff semifinal in the Rose Bowl last season. The loss to Texas could be a debilitating blow to the Sooners’ hopes of returning to the playoff.

The 48-point output was the highest scored by Texas in the history of the heated rivalry. Oklahoma currently ranks 96th nationally in total defense, allowing 421.2 yards a game, and 125th in red-zone defense: In 21 chances, opponents had scored 21 times (18 touchdowns and three field goals).

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Source: USA Today