Former OU football coach Bob Stoops was introduced Thursday in Arlington, Texas, as the first head coach and general manager of the Dallas franchise in the revived XFL. Stoops will earn the moniker of being named the first coach within the new XFL.
When the XFL relaunches in 2020, they'll need to do some heavy lifting in order to shed the stigma still lingering from their 2001 bust. It will feature 8 teams from Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, St. Louis, Seattle, Tampa Bay and Washington, DC. "I have a lot of respect for him and when he talks I listen".
Although he said he doesn't have a personal relationship with McMahon, Stoops acknowledged the successful executive and Luck are big reasons he accepted this opportunity to coach again. Its teams will be stocked with National Football League has-beens and college cast-offs, players Stoops may be fairly familiar with, given the extensive scouting and recruitment he did during his time in Oklahoma.
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Stoops is a good friend of Jim Ross" which isn't that big of a surprise considering how big of a Boomer Sooner fan Good "ole JR is.
"Initially, I was like I don't think that would be something that I would want to do. So hopefully that's how it works out".
Stoops, 58, retired in June 2017 at Oklahoma after coaching the Sooners for 18 seasons and passing Barry Switzer as the school's all-time winningest coach. But that's not necessarily a negative, he explained. Your players aren't in class. "It'll be fun. It's a different time of year". That's exciting to me. "Having a coach as successful as Bob share the XFL's vision to reimagine the game is energizing and further validates our mission".