Oklahoma Sooners

Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops to retire, Lincoln Riley taking over

NCAA Football: Oklahoma at West Virginia

Bob Stoops is retiring as head coach of the Oklahoma Sooners.

As The Oklahoman first reported, offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley will take over as head coach, and also says Stoops is expected to remain with the university in some capacity.

Bob Stoops will end his 18 year run as the winningest coach (190 wins) in Oklahoma history. He became the head coach of the Sooners in 1999, and he led OU to the 2000 national championship.

Stoops also helped OU win 10 Big 12 titles and won at least 10 games in 14 of his 18 seasons. The Sooners had won the past two Big 12 titles, going 11-2 last year and beating Auburn in the Sugar Bowl.

Stoops is 56 years old, far from “old” in today’s college coaching landscape. He’s 9 years young than Alabama’s Nick Saban. Stoops will hang ’em up as the winningest coach in OU history with a 190-48 record, while going 121-29 in Big 12 play.

Prior to his time at Oklahoma, Stoops started his coaching career at Iowa, his alma mater, and had other stops at Kent State, Kansas State and Florida. He was the defensive coordinator for the Gators under Steve Spurrier for 3 seasons before the Sooners job came open following the 1999 season.

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