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Bob Stoops Nominated to College Football Hall of Fame

NCAA Football: Oklahoma at West Virginia

According to ESPN, Bob Stoops has been nominated to the College Football Hall of Fame.

Stoops rebuilt the Oklahoma Sooners football program after nearly a decade of mediocrity following the departure of Barry Switzer. During his 18 seasons coaching the Sooners, he led the program to 10 Big 12 titles and one national championship in 2000. He retired in 2016 as the school’s all-time winningest coach with 190 victories and 14 seasons with double-digit wins over his 18 season career at OU.

In a cool twist, Stoops’ quarterback for his national title team, Josh Heupel, is also among the nominees this year.


Also nominated this year is former Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel, along with Georgia cornerback Champ Bailey, Miami quarterback Ken Dorsey, Syracuse defensive end Dwight Freeney and Florida State kicker Sebastian Janikowski.

For eligibility, players need to be 10 full seasons removed from their final year of college football, with coaches three full seasons removed from retirement, or immediately after retirement if the coach is at least 70 years old. A player must have received first-team All-America honors by an organization the NCAA recognizes and a coach must have been a head coach for at least 10 years and coached at least 100 games with a .600 winning percentage.

12,000 National Football Foundation members and current Hall of Famers will vote on the nominees with the inductees being announced in 2021.

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