Mark Stoops seems very excited about the XFL.
And he should be excited.
For starters, his brother, former Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops, is one of the league’s eight head coaches. And as we addressed last night, Bob Stoops’ Dallas Renegades team is full of Kentucky connections.
When asked about his brother Bob picking two former Wildcats in Jeff Badet and Austin MacGinnis, Mark Stoops said, “You can see, he listened to me.”
Stoops will be able to travel to Dallas to support his brother and his former players from time to time, thanks to the XFL’s unique spring schedule.
“It’ll be fun,” said Stoops. “It’ll be fun to be able to go watch because it’s obviously during a time of the year when we have a little bit of slow time, so I’ll try to get there and watch some games.”
But it’s not just about supporting his brother’s new venture. Stoops also sees a need for another professional football league outside of the NFL.
“We need that league to be successful, football in general,” he said. “The other league (the AAF) was doing good as far as the ball and the coaching, and it was very helpful. There was coaches we know and coaches that have been here that helped employ people and it helped these players in between, this transition.
“With the NFL, sometimes (players) need to be good in so many different facets, maybe they’re just missing one, just a little bit, or just need to continue to be developed. So, we all hope (the XFL) works because we need one. We need a league between college and pro ball. We need one to be successful. This league seems to be off on the right foot and I know there’s great leadership from the top so hopefully it will work.”
And if it works, let’s hope the Dallas Renegades win multiple titles (McMahon trophies?) because we are big Dallas Renegades fans in Kentucky. Or at least I’m trying to make it that way.