Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops to Announce Retirement
In a surprising move that really came out of nowhere, longtime Oklahoma head football coach Bob Stoops announced Wednesday that he will retire. The 56-year-old has been the head coach at OU for the last 18 seasons. The Oklahoman reported the news first.
Stoops joined the Sooners in 1999 and led the school to a national championship in 2000. He led the team to 10 Big 12 titles and reached double-digit wins in 14 of his 18 campaigns in charge. The Sooners went 11-2 under Stoops’ guidance last season.
Stoops leaves his post as the winningest coach in the history of the decorated program. He went 190-48 all-time at Oklahoma and boasted a 121-29 record in Big 12 play. Oklahoma went to a bowl game in all of his 18 years at the helm. Last year’s 35-19 win over Auburn brought his record to an even 9-9 in bowls.
Stoops was hired off of Steve Spurrier’s coaching staff at Florida in 1999. Stoops served three years as Spurrier’s defensive coordinator for the Gators after also spending time on the coaching staffs of Iowa, Kent State and Kansas State. Stoops also played defensive back at the University of Iowa.
The Sooners’ program had fallen on hard times under Stoops’ predecessor, John Blake. Oklahoma went a combined 12-22 in Blake’s three seasons on the sidelines and had fallen by the wayside on the national scale. Stoops was tasked with returning the program to prominence, and he passed that test with flying colors.
“Big Game Bob”
Stoops also went 11-7 against the archrival Texas Longhorns. He led the Sooners to another three appearances in national championship games in 2004, 2005 and 2009, but Oklahoma was beaten by LSU, USC and Florida in those games. The coach earned the nickname “Big Game Bob” early in his career thanks to his team’s propensity for winning big games. From 1999 through 2003, Stoops’ sooners went 18-2 against ranked opponents.
Stoops earned Walter Camp Coach of the Year honors in 2000 and 2003. He was also named Big 12 Coach of the Year six times.
Lincoln Riley Takes Over
33-year-old Lincoln Riley will take over as the head coach at Oklahoma. Riley was hired to be Stoops’ offensive coordinator in January of 2015 after successful coordinator stints at Texas Tech and East Carolina. Riley won the Broyles Award after being hired, which is given to the nation’s top assistant coach.
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