Former Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops is finalizing a deal to join Alabama’s staff in an off-field position, a person with knowledge of the move told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because the move is not official.
Stoops becomes the latest in a line of prominent coaches to work with Nick Saban as part of the program’s support staff in a role as an analyst or consultant.
Stoops, the younger brother of former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, was the Sooners’ defensive coordinator from 1999-2003, building dominant defenses as the Sooners won a BCS national championship and were among the nation’s elite programs. He was Arizona’s head coach from 2004-11, going 41-50, then returned to Oklahoma in 2012.
But in his return, the Sooners’ defense never reached its former dominance. In recent seasons, defensive deficiencies derailed Oklahoma’s opportunities to win a national championship.
Stoops was fired last October by Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley, a day after a 48-45 loss to Texas – the highest offensive output scored by Texas in the long history of a heated rivalry.