Former Oklahoma football head coach Bob Stoops has been out of coaching for two years, but he might be close to getting back on the sideline.
Stoops, 58, is reportedly interested in a new coaching job.
NFL insider Benjamin Allbright is reporting that Stoops has expressed interest in getting back into coaching, but not at the college or NFL level.
Stoops reportedly has interest in the XFL.
"Had several interesting conversations in the last 24 hours suggesting that former Oklahoma HC Bob Stoops may be looking at getting back into coaching, with the new XFL," he reports.
Stoops coached at Oklahoma from 1999-2016 before stepping down and letting Lincoln Riley take over the program. He went 190-48 as the Sooners' head coach, leading one of the most-successful programs in the country.
The former Oklahoma head coach has previously said that he wasn't interested in returning to the sideline after being linked to other jobs.
“I will say, regardless of what you might hear out there in the papers, if I intended again to coach that would have been part of my statement,” Stoops said, via NewsOK. “I would have said, ‘I’m stepping away here now for this time for myself, but when it comes to the next year or two, I look forward to getting back in it.’
“But that’s not what I said,” Stoops added. “You won’t see me on a college sideline or a pro sideline. A lot of people act like they know, and there will be more than a few jobs out there. But that isn’t at all what I’m looking to do.”
It would be surprising if the XFL was the league that was able to get Stoops back on the sideline.