Sooner surprise: Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops retires at 56

Rufina Vignone
Giugno 8, 2017

Longtime Oklahoma head football coach Bob Stoops will retire after 18 seasons as the Sooner head coach.

Stoops leaves the Sooners with a 190-48 record.

"Lincoln Riley has asserted himself as one of the brightest young minds in all of college football, and the results over the past two seasons as offensive coordinator for the Sooners speak for themselves".

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Once the longest-tenured head coach in college football, that now belongs to Iowa's Kirk Ferentz.

Stoops was hired in 1999 after serving as defensive coordinator at Florida under Steve Spurrier.

The list of Stoops' accomplishments includes coaching Heisman Trophy winners Jason White and Sam Bradford and several All-Americans, notably Roy Williams, Adrian Peterson, Trent Williams and Gerald McCoy.

The 33-year-old Riley soaked his feet in the most offensive-friendly posts as a student assistant at Texas Tech under Mike Leach, the current Washington State Cougars head coach.

Stoops finished the most recent season 11-2, capped off by a bowl win over the Auburn Tigers.

The shortcomings in championship games and lack of another national title frustrated some fans. Only four times in Stoops' career did the Sooners win less than 10 games, and he never had a losing record. Few athletics directors get a coach who better combines success and cohesiveness like Bob Stoops. Another younger brother, Mark, is head coach at Kentucky. He will continue to do great things for OU.

"Lastly, I'd like to thank my wife, Carol, and my daughter, Mackie, and my sons, Drake and Isaac". Because of his unquestioned personal integrity and high standards, he is one of the most admired college football coaches in America.

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