Possessing nineteen years of experience on the NCAA DI level as a head coach or coordinator, Mike Stoops found himself in unfamiliar territory. On October 7th, the Oklahoma Sooners suffered a regular season loss at the hands of the Texas Longhorns. Quickly citing the defense as the reason for defeat, the university parted ways with Stoops. Attempting to remain relevant in an ever evolving game after being relieved of play-calling duties, the coach began to search for a new home instead of calling it quits.
Now, it appears as though the SEC plans to receive the formidable coach with open arms. However, it’s not just any SEC program, it’s the cream of the crop — the Alabama Crimson Tide!
Over the course of Nick Saban’s career as the head coach of the Tide, the program formed the habit of bringing in recognizable names in ‘off-the-field’ roles. This past year, Butch Jones entered the fold as an offensive analyst/consultant. Now, entering talks with Stoops, the program is expected to onboard the longtime coach for a similar role on the opposite side of the ball according to USA Today Sports.
Set on rethinking schematics and a general approach to the game of football, the defensive mind has not given in to the idea of retirement. Learning from one of the best in the game — Saban — could revitalize the formidable Stoops.