XFL to Announce Head Coaches on Thursday

Bob Stoops former head football coach at the University of Oklahoma has accepted a job in the XFL. More

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 spent 18 years as the coach of the Sooners (1999-2016), compiling an overall record of 190-48 in Norman, Oklahoma, and capturing the national championship during the 2000 season in just his second year at the helm.

According to the league, the XFL "will reimagine football for the 21st century" and deliver "authentic, high-energy football for the whole family at an affordable price". But given the current climate and the toll certain controversies have taken in recent years, perhaps the time is right for a new football league to try and compete alongside the NFL.

The revamped XFL, which begins play in 2020, now has its first head coach.

"Oliver reached out to me initially about the idea", Stoops explained this week. Now the XFL CEO, Luck had developed a relationship with Stoops in the Big 12 during Luck's time as West Virginia athletic director, and later when Luck worked with the NCAA. "It'll be challenging for sure". But I respect the guys running things.

"I was also excited about starting something from the ground floor", Stoops said. "But this is 'real football.' If it was something goofy or have those old goofy names, I wouldn't be associated with it".

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