Bob Stoops has decided to retire
About half an hour before a University of Oklahoma team meeting, a bombshell dropped on the college football world. Bob Stoops, the Sooners coach for the last 18 years, had decided to retire. He walks away from OU with a career record of 190-48, including a five-year stretch where his teams went 60-7 and won a national title. He never had a losing season. Stoops has the most wins in OU history and sits third on the list for overall win percentage among OU coaches behind College Football Hall of Famers, Barry Switzer and Bud Wilkinson. Stoops had four Heisman Trophy finalists and two winners in his 18 seasons. Stoops also has six Big 12 Coach of the Year awards and ten conference titles.
When asked about his reasons for retiring, Stoops was quite vague, although it appears as though there are currently no concerns about the former head coach’s health. From what I can gather, the most likely reason for his retirement is his desire to spend more time with his family and living life in a way that being the head coach of a Power 5 football team would never allow him to. According to Berry Tramel, a writer for The Oklahoman, Stoops is expected to remain at the university in some capacity.
As for what happens to Oklahoma’s football team from here, we already have one piece of the puzzle. Stoops’ offensive coordinator, Lincoln Riley will take the reins as head coach. Riley has been the heir-apparent for two years since he joined the program, but no one, including him, thought he would be taking over this quickly. In fact, at 33 years old, he is currently the youngest FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) coach in the league.
Bob Stoops will go down as one of the all-time greats to ever coach on the gridiron at the University of Oklahoma, in the Big 12, and in the NCAA as a whole.