Stoops spent the last seven seasons with Oklahoma before he was fired following a 48-45 loss to Texas in October. He was the head coach at Arizona from 2004-2011.
Saban previously commented on his history of hiring former coaches as analysts and later moving them into on-field roles.
“We have coaches who have a track record of being very, very good coaches, very productive, they make some mistake or get in some circumstance of situation that maybe creates this downward plummet, but they still have a lot of positive values,” Saban said prior to the Crimson Tide’s game against Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl. “We can get them in our program, maybe they learn a better way to do things. But we also can take advantage of the good things they know and they’ve done.”
The Sooners’ defense finished the season as the nation’s 101st-ranked unit in points allowed following a 45-34 loss to Alabama in the College Football Playoff semifinal.
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