For the first time in three years, Bob Stoops was on the sideline today as a head coach. The longtime Oklahoma head man is in charge of the XFL’s Dallas Renegades.
The Renegades lost their first game this afternoon, 15-9 to the St. Louis BattleHawks. That’s not the type of offensive output Stoops is used to, but it’s only opening weekend.
Things would have been different for Dallas if they had one of the game’s special guests playing quarterback. Kyler Murray–who was a member of Stoops’ final Oklahoma team in 2016–was in town checking out the action. He never actually played for the Sooners that season, since he was redshirting, but he elected to transfer to OU while Stoops was still the coach.
Murray is a native of Bedford, a suburb of Dallas and Arlington, so this was a local game for him.
Thanks for coming through @K1
— XFL (@xfl2020) February 10, 2020
After winning the Heisman Trophy in 2018, Murray had a strong rookie season for the Arizona Cardinals. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 draft, he’ll be expected to be a breakout star in 2020.
As for Stoops, his Renegades will look to get in the win column when they travel to the Los Angeles Wildcats next Sunday.