After two years away from coaching, Bob Stoops is returning to the coaching ranks. He's set to take over the XFL's Dallas franchise.
Stoops had taken on something of an emeritus role in the athletic department, after retiring to make way for Lincoln Riley, who has coached the Sooners to two straight College Football Playoff berths. That is changing a bit, with his XFL job.
Stoops served as a full-time special assistant to Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione. He's being moved down to a part-time position.
According to The Oklahoman, Bob Stoops will be a half-time employee, and on a one year contract with the school.
I would imagine that Stoops will remain involved with the school long after that one year deal is up.
From Ryan Aber's report:
Stoops' salary was cut in half to $162,500 annually as part of the move. His contract will be for one year.
After he retired in the summer of 2017, he was given a one-year contract at $325,000 annually with a one-year school option.
Stoops has remained closely connected to the program he coached from 1999 until turning over the reins to Lincoln Riley following his surprising retirement.
Stoops remains a very popular figure at OU, and the transition to his hand-picked successor in Riley has gone as smoothly as one could hope. It should be fun to see what he does in the XFL as well, as one of the more high-profile hires of that start-up league.