Bob Stoops to be named coach/GM of Dallas XFL team

Arnold Nichols
February 10, 2019

Until this week, the XFL announced the new head coach and general manager of their Dallas franchise will be former Oklahoma Sooners head coach Bob Stoops. For Stoops, "the idea of getting back into coaching without it being overly time-consuming" was what he found so appealing.

Stoops retired as the Oklahoma head coach in June 2017 after 18 seasons. The 59 year-old coach led the Sooners to a National Championship in 2000. While that league featured WWE-inspired flourishes like a race for the ball rather than a coin toss and players being allowed to select a name of their choice for their jerseys, the new XFL will focus more on football, according to league executives.

The move by Stoops will undoubtedly surprise many, as the former coach probably could've had his pick of head coaching positions in at big schools if he wanted to make a return to the college ranks. "It'll be fun. It's a different time of year". I've been limited in some of the stuff today this time of year anyway.


The new version of the XFL, which will kick off in February 2020, will feature eight teams with 45-man active rosters, a 10-week regular season and two-week postseason.

"It will take a lot of film study and analytics and a lot of work from your staff to try and find the right guys", Stoops said. For those looking for another pro wrestling connection, Stoops is friends with longtime Sooners' backer Jim Ross.

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