Former Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops is reportedly on the verge of landing a new coaching job.
Stoops, who was fired by Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley during the middle of the 2018 season, is reportedly heading to the SEC.
Nick Saban is reportedly bringing Stoops in to Alabama’s program.
USA TODAY reports that Stoops will be hired as an analyst for the Crimson Tide.
Former Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops is finalizing a deal to join Alabama’s staff in an off-field position, a person with knowledge of the move told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because the move is not official.
Stoops becomes the latest in a line of prominent coaches to work with Nick Saban as part of the program’s support staff in a role as an analyst or consultant.
Stoops, the younger brother of former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, was the Sooners’ defensive coordinator from 1999-2003, building dominant defenses as the Sooners won a BCS national championship and were among the nation’s elite programs. He was Arizona’s head coach from 2004-11, going 41-50, then returned to Oklahoma in 2012.
Stoops, 57, was Oklahoma’s defensive coordinator from 2012-18. He was fired shortly following the disappointing loss to Texas.
His brother, Bob Stoops, remains in retirement, though reports indicated he too could get back into coaching.