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OU Football: Mike Stoops out as Oklahoma defensive coordinator

OU Football: Mike Stoops out as Oklahoma defensive coordinator

Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops is pictured before an NCAA college football game against UTEP in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

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.

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:

https://twitter.com/calebkkelly/status/1049118675679240192

And linebacker Kenneth Murray:

OU (5-1 overall, 2-1 Big 12) has a bye this week before returning to action on Oct. 20 at TCU.

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Cameron Jourdan has covered Oklahoma State athletics since January 2017. He has written for The Oklahoman, The Tuscaloosa News and the Stillwater News Press, among others. Follow Cameron on Twitter: @Cam_Jourdan

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