Mike Stoops is out as Oklahoma’s defensive coordinator. It is not yet clear whether the embattled coach was fired or if he resigned but he will no longer be calling the defense.
On Sunday Stoops met with Lincoln Riley and university president James Gallogly and from that meeting came the decision to part ways, in one aspect or the other. The decision comes a day after Oklahoma’s defense gave up 48 points in a loss to Texas. It was the most points the Longhorns had ever scored in the rivalry with Oklahoma, and it contributed in a major way to OU’s 48-45 loss.
After the game Stoops said that he was disappointed in his inability to get the defense to perform at the level needed at Oklahoma. “I’m extremely disappointed in my inability to get this team to play at a higher level,” Stoops said. “It takes everybody pulling the same way, and certainly I take a lot of that responsibility.”
It’s not certain yet who will be taking over the defensive coordinator responsibilities but Ruffin McNeill and Kerry Cooks will be among the favorites to finish out the season with that responsibility.