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Steve Sarkisian Refutes Report of Mike Stoops Joining Texas Longhorns

NCAA Football: Florida Atlantic at Oklahoma

Mike Stoops is now no longer heading back to the Big 12 Conference.

A report surfaced on Thursday night that Mike Stoops was expected to be hired as the Longhorns’ new linebackers coach. Stoops has spent the past two seasons on the Alabama staff as an analyst, where he worked alongside new Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian.

Well on Friday morning, Sarkisian told Brian Davis of the Austin-American Statesman that the report was inaccurate.

 

Seeing Mike Stoops in burnt orange and on the other side of the Texas-Oklahoma rivalry would have been one of the weirder things in the present day Big 12 Conference. And it looks like it won’t be happening.

Prior to his time at Alabama, Stoops served as the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator of the Sooners from 2012 to 2018. Initially hired by Bob Stoops, Mike remained on staff for the start of Lincoln Riley’s tenure as head coach, but he was fired midway through the 2018 season.

Sarkisian has picked off a couple of his coaches from the Alabama staff that he was most recently on, including Jeff Banks and Kyle Flood. But any thought of Mike Stoops in Longhorns gear is off the table, for now.

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