Oklahoma Hires Another Stoops

Not unexpectedly, Mike Stoops has returned to Oklahoma.

After a dalliance with Arizona as Head Coach, Stoops will go to work for his brother Bob with the Sooners.  Mike will be the defensive coordinator and earn over $600,000 a year for the next three years.

This move was approved by the Oklahoma Board of Regents.   As part of Stoops’ deal, the regents voted to approve a nepotism waiver because he will be working with his brother. As part of the contract, Mike Stoops stands to get another $50,000 if he stays with the Sooners through spring practice in May 2013 and again if he stays through May 2014.

Stoops did interview with new Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer for the same position.  It appeared for a few days Stoops would take the position.  No reason was ever given for the falling out, nor was the position ever offered.  It eventually went to Luke Fickel.

In another move for the Sooners coaching staff, it was announced that Tim Kish, Mike Stoops’ former defensive coordinator at Arizona and succeeded him as interim coach, would be the new linebackers coach.

Bob Stoops is happy with his new coaches.

“Tim is a great fit as a tireless recruiter who has a strong reputation in the nation’s southwest and west and will be a valuable asset for our program in that regard.”

The Sooners are coming off a surprisingly sub standard season.  They finished with a 10-3 season, although a National Championship was expected until a loss to Texas Tech in week 7 ruined that dream.  A win over Iowa at the Insight bowl 31-14 gave the school a 33rd season with ten wins or more in their history.  They also lost to Baylor and cross state rival Oklahoma State.

Oklahoma fans are hoping the addition of Mike Stoops and Tim Kish are what they need to put them over the top in 2012.

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