Former Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops will be back on the sidelines in 2023. Stoops was officially named one of the eight head coaches for the XFL on Wednesday.
Stoops joins Wade Phillips, Hines Ward, Terrell Buckley, Jim Haslett, Rod Woodson, Reggie Barlow and Anthony Becht on the rebooted XFL's official list of coaches for the 2023 campaign.
This will technically be Stoops' second time coaching in the XFL. The 61-year-old ran the Dallas Renegades for five games in 2020, going 2-3 before the season was stopped due to COVID-19.
The XFL later filed for bankruptcy but was revived thanks to an ownership group led by WWE superstar and actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
Stoops was the head coach of Oklahoma from 1998-2016, going 190-48 with a 9-9 mark in bowl games. His Sooners won the national championship in 2000 and later played in the BCS national title game in 2008.
Stoops returned to OU as an interim head coach for the team's bowl game in 2021 following Lincoln Riley's departure for USC. He led Oklahoma to a 47-32 win over Oregon in the Alamo Bowl.