Oklahoma had no choice but to fire defensive coordinator Mike Stoops after allowing 48 points in the loss to rival Texas.
For the first time in almost two decades, there won’t be a Stoops in Norman, Oklahoma coaching football at the University of Oklahoma. On Sunday night, reports surfaced that Oklahoma defensive coordinator, Mike Stoops was being fired. The news was fired reported by The Football Brainiacs.
The decision to part ways with Stoops comes one day after the Red River Showdown when the Sooners defense gave up 48 points (the most Texas has scored vs. Oklahoma), 500 yards of total offense and allowed the Texas offense to get in field goal range to kick the game-winning field goal with just seconds on the clock.
A loss like this is a tough one to swallow especially if you’re an offensive player or coordinator and have to watch film on what you could have done better, but ultimately you know it’s the defenses fault. Oklahoma entered the game with the No. 108 total defense, T-101st in third-down defense, giving up 5.3 yards per play and opponents scored 100 percent of the time after reaching the red zone.
The fact It took this long to come to the decision to fire Stoops is also a bit surprising because this could have been made after the Rose Bowl loss to Georgia. Jake Fromm became a household name for fans outside SEC Country when he shredded them for 210 yards on 20of 29 passing. Sony Michel had 11 carries for over 180 yards, averaging 16.5 yards per carry and Nick Chubb had 14 carries for 145, averaging 10.4 yards a carry. The duo combined for five touchdowns en route to the 54-48 overtime loss.
It was only a matter of time for Stoops to get booted from the box as the defensive coordinator at Oklahoma. The fact that a program as illustrious and rich in football tradition as Oklahoma is in the same company as teams that just moved up to the FBS level a few years ago when it comes to defense is a disgrace to Sooners fans.
The firing comes at a great time as they have a bye and TCU the following week.