Bob Stoops Retires As Oklahoma Head Coach After 18 Seasons

In a bombshell dropped this afternoon, Bob Stoops is retiring after 18 years as head coach of the Oklahoma Sooners, reports The Oklahoman’s Berry Tramel. The report indicates that 33-year-old Lincoln Riley will be taking over for Stoops as head coach.

Tramel quotes the following anonymous sourcing:

“Great young coach, the program’s in great shape,” the source said. “Good recruiting class. Got a great young coach that anybody would want to have, ready to go. He’s as good a coach as there in America, at this stage in his career. And Bob got to do it in his way. Doesn’t get any better than that.”

The timing of all this seems a bit odd. It will be interesting to see whether anything else from behind the scenes comes out of this. Some college football reporters are stating that this is not for health reasons, but because Stoops wants to “go live life.”

Stoops joined the Sooners as a rookie head coach in 1999, and he guided OU to the 2000 national championship, 10 Big 12 titles and had reached double-digit wins in 14 seasons, including a 11-2 mark in 2016. He also has the most wins in Oklahoma history (190).

UPDATE: Bob Stoops explains his decision to step down.. says “the timing is perfect”


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