Mike Stoops Out As Defensive Coordinator For OU
NORMAN, Oklahoma - News 9 confirms Mike Stoops is out as defensive coordinator for the University of Oklahoma football team.
Stoops departure comes one day after the Sooners defense surrendered 48 points, and 501 total yards to the Texas Longhorns.
Here's what Dean Blevins learned about the situation Sunday night:
"Well I guess there was a lot of emotion in that locker room not only after the game, but at halftime when a player almost quit the team. It was an unusual amount of negative emotion. You can understand that because they played pitifully in the first half.
I did learn tonight that Mike Stoops had offered to resign and Lincoln Riley didn't accept his resignation after the game, and then today Mike learned that he had been fired, so that was kind of a strange set of circumstances.
The timing is curious, certainly from Mike Stoops' standpoint. Mid-season is rarely done, but at the same time there was such a huge uproar among the fandom. I don't know that all the players had bought in, and I think Lincoln Riley had brought that up to Mike. The rare mid-season fire, happened today."
The Sooners defense has been near the bottom third of college football for the past three seasons. Currently, OU is 96th in the nation in total defense.
There is no information on who will take over as OU's defensive coordinator. The Sooners have a little bit of time to work things out as they have a bye week before playing Texas Christian University on October 20th.
This is a developing story. Stay with News 9 for updates as information becomes available.