Ex-Sooner coach Bob Stoops back with XFL

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ProFootballTalk.com reported the news ahead of a press conference scheduled for Thursday at Globe Life Park in Texas. "You can only do so much golf in this period", Stoops said. "If it wasn't, I wouldn't do it", Stoops told KWTV.

The official relaunch of the XFL spring professional league will not take place until 2020, but a major head coaching/front office announcement expected this week should increase excitement to a higher level than it's been since the revelation of the league's return.

Confirmed. The source who would know best confirms to me that Bob Stoops will become general manager and head coach of Dallas XFL franchise. He led the Sooners to the 2000 National Championship.

When the XFL relaunches in 2020, they'll need to do some heavy lifting in order to shed the stigma still lingering from their 2001 bust.

Stoops, 58, retired in June 2017 at Oklahoma after coaching the Sooners for 18 seasons and passing Barry Switzer as the school's all-time winningest coach. Wrestling entrepreneur Vince McMahon is backing the venture again. 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.

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