Oklahoma fired defensive coordinator and former UA head coach Mike Stoops last week after he spent more than six seasons with the Sooners.

When Oklahoma fired defensive coordinator Mike Stoops last week, it wasn’t all bad news for the former Arizona head coach. OU must pay him roughly $1.9 million through 2020. Stoops told an Oklahoma radio station that he’s not necessarily in a hurry to return to coaching, although he said he might pursue an “understudy” role to a coach like Nick Saban to “rethink, relearn and reteach myself.” Stoops turns 57 in December.