Oklahoma Sooners Head Coach Bob Stoops Retires

The biggest news in college football on Wednesday was the retirement of Oklahoma Sooners head coach Bob Stoops.

This fall, Tom Herman will lead the 'Horns against the Sooners in the Cotton Bowl against former offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley.

With Stoops gone, only four active coaches have Division I football championships on their resume: Alabama's Nick Saban with five, Ohio State's Urban Meyer with three, and Clemson's Dabo Swinney and Florida State's Jimbo Fisher with one apiece.

Overall during his time at OU, Stoops accumulated a 190-48 record, including the 2000 national championship.

OU went 7-2 in Stoops' first season in 1999 before embarking on a rapid rise.

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Bob Stoops has made a decision to retire as Oklahoma's football coach after 18 seasons that included the 2000 national championship and 10 Big 12 Conference titles.

For the past 18 years, he has coached the Sooners to a school-record 18 consecutive bowl berths. He, like Stoops and Switzer, will assume the job having only served as a coordinator. He was a defensive back for the Hawkeyes from 1979 to 1982. Thank you all for a lifetime of memories we shared together of 10 conference championships, the 2000 national championship, strong relationships with players and coaches, and the great Oklahoma football fans.

While Stoops was not able to bring another national championship to Norman, he did lead Oklahoma to three more BCS championship games and a spot in the College Football Playoff two years ago.

With Stoops out, offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley will take over as head coach. He also won the Broyles Award as to the nation's top assistant coach. The Sooners' Sugar Bowl victories over Alabama in 2013 and Auburn last season were particularly worth savoring. Heisman finalist quarterback Baker Mayfield is set to return in 2017 for his senior season.

"Great young coach, the program's in great shape", a source told Tramel, speaking of Riley.

Share with Us - We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article, and smart, constructive criticism. It's a place we relate to, a place we feel very much at home. "What he means to me as a brother and a coach is immeasurable".

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