NORMAN – Oklahoma has fired defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, James Hale reported Sunday night.
Stoops’ defensive unit gave up 501 total yards in the Sooners’ 48-45 loss against Texas in the Cotton Bowl on Saturday. OU ranks 96th out of 129 FBS teams in total defense halfway through its schedule.
The Sooners have allowed opponents to score on every red zone trip this season. Opponents were scoring touchdowns on 86 of those red zone possessions.
I’m told that Mike Stoops had a meeting with new OU President James Gallogly and Lincoln Riley before the decision was made.
— Dylan Buckingham (@DylanBuckingham) October 8, 2018
Although a replacement has not been named, Ruffin McNeill and Bob Diaco are two names that have emerged as possible interim successors this year.
Sooners’ linebacker Caleb Kelly shared this tweet Sunday night:
I love @OU_CoachMike he has done so much more than irrelevant people will ever see. Thank you Coach
— O7👇🏽 (@calebkkelly) October 8, 2018
And linebacker Kenneth Murray:
All I can say is thank you @OU_CoachMike you gave me a shot when nobody else would and for that I am forever grateful no matter what people say they never know you for the great person you really are and how much you care for your players…Thank You Coach
— Kenneth Murray (@Kmurrayy_9) October 8, 2018
OU (5-1 overall, 2-1 Big 12) has a bye this week before returning to action on Oct. 20 at TCU.