Mike Stoops worked with his brother, Bob, for most of his coaching career.
Other than the eight seasons when he was Arizona’s head coach, he served as a trusted defensive assistant on his older brother’s Oklahoma staff. Together, they provided the framework that developed the Sooners defense into one of the nation’s top units.
Mike Stoops remains in place after his brother’s stunning retirement in June. It’s left many wondering how his role will change with new Sooners coach Lincoln Riley in place.
When asked by KWTV sports director Dean Blevins about the transition, Mike Stoops says the change hasn’t been too traumatic.
“The way the transition has gone and how Coach Riley has handled it has been effortless. It’s been comfortable and everyone is at ease with it,” he said. “If Bob wants to come out, it’s not going to be like he’s stepping on toes.”
Sooners leadership expected to consistent
Riley, 33, clearly controls the program. But Mike Stoops expects Riley to keep his brother a major part of the Oklahoma program.
“Lincoln is very confident in who he is and how he wants to run his team, and he’ll run it in his way,” he said. “We’ll embrace the opportunity to see Bob whenever we can because of the way he makes us feel. He gives us confidence and I think Lincoln is the same way.”
Bob Stoops will work as a special assistant to Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione. He plans to be around the program often during the upcoming season.
“Certainly, we’ll miss Bob, but he’s not going to be too far away,” Mike Stoops said. “He’ll still be a big part of it.”