Former Arizona coach Mike Stoops is headed back to Oklahoma.
Stoops confirmed in a telephone interview Thursday that he
planned to rejoin the Sooners.
Stoops was the co-defensive coordinator for Oklahoma from 1999
to 2004 and helped the Sooners win the 2000 national championship
before spending the past seven-plus seasons at Arizona. His arrival
throws into question the future of defensive backs coach Willie
Martinez and possibly current defensive coordinator Brent Venables.
Stoops says he has "always worked well together" with Venables
and that's why he's comfortable returning to the Sooners to work
for his older brother, Bob, the head coach.
The university has not yet confirmed Mike Stoops' hiring or any
other changes to the football staff.