According to a report from PFT, Bob Stoops will be returning to coaching as the GM and coach of the Dallas XFL team.
An announcement is expected to come Thursday night, when the league names its first of eight coaches, the report adds.
Back in late January we shared a report that this was a possibility, and now it appears that the former Oklahoma head coach is making his comeback.
Stoops went 190-48 in his 18 seasons leading the Oklahoma program, with a national title in year two in Norman, capping off a perfect 13-0 season in 2000. He’s the only head coach in the BCS era to have won the Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, and Sugar Bowl. Also worth noting, his coaching tree is extremely impressive, with guys like Mike Leach, Chuck Long, Kevin Sumlin, Mark Magino, Josh Heupel, and Lincoln Riley working under him at one point or another in his career.
The AAF launches its season this weekend, and is viewed to be the main competitor to the restarting XFL, who is giving things a second try after fizzling out after one season in 2001. Surely the XFL naming a first head coach just days after the AAF’s first game is no coincidence, as the two leagues will continue to wage battles with one another for the foreseeable future as each league hopes to create a product that will entertain fans during the traditional off season of pro and college football.
As we stated before, the XFL being able to land someone like Stoops gives the league immediate credibility and helps tremendously in creating the excitement the league will need to get off to a great start.