Alabama has become a haven for coaches looking to rehabilitate their careers after they have been fired. That tradition has continued this offseason.
According to USA Today’s George Schroeder, Nick Saban is expected to hire former Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops in an on-field role. The nature of that role is unspecified.
Stoops was Oklahoma’s defensive coordinator from 1999-03 and 2012-18. He was fired by Lincoln Riley in the middle of this season as the Sooners’ defense faltered.
From 2004-11, Stoops was the head coach of Arizona. He compiled a 41-50 overall record and reached three bowl games.
Former Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops is expected to join Alabama's staff in an off-field role, @usatodaysports has learned.
Stoops will become the latest in
a line of Nick Saban’s practice of adding prominent coaches as analysts/consultants.https://t.co/XLDc1kXXiR
— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) January 30, 2019
In recent seasons, Saban has hired a slew of former head coaches to his staff. Steve Sarkisian, Lane Kiffin, Mike Locksley and Butch Jones have all served under Saban, with Jones still on staff at this moment and Sarkisian rejoining the Crimson Tide after a stint in the NFL.
This month, Saban also hired former Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood as the team’s new offensive line coach. Flood led the Rutgers program from 2012-15 before being fired and spent the last two seasons with the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons.
Saban has spent January retooling his staff after a number of assistants left to take jobs elsewhere.