When the Iowa Hawkeyes take on Miami (OH) in their season opener this weekend, they’ll have a very special guest in attendance. That guest just happens to be someone who is less well known for his time at Iowa.
In a press release, the Hawkeyes announced that Dallas Renegades head coach Bob Stoops will serve as honorary captain for the game.
Stoops rose to prominence with the Oklahoma Sooners, but his first foray into college football came at Iowa.
He played defensive back for the Hawkeyes from 1979 to 1982, earning team MVP honors in his senior year.
Upon graduating, he became a graduate assistant under head coach Hayden Fry, working under him until 1987.
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Over the course of the next decade, Stoops would rise through the coaching ranks before joining Florida. He joined Steve Spurrier’s staff as defensive coordinator and assistant head coach in 1996, winning a national championship in his first year.
After two more successful seasons at Florida, Stoops was hired as head coach of Oklahoma. The rest is history.
Stoops is heading into his first year as head coach and general manager of the XFL’s Dallas Renegades. But he has some time until the season starts in February, and he’s definitely going to give some Iowa fans a surprise.
Iowa will host Miami (OH) on Saturday, August 31 at 7:30 p.m. E.T. The game will air on FS1.