Bob Stoops could be Oklahoma’s interim head coach in the wake of Lincoln Riley’s reported departure for USC, per a tweet by ESPN’s Dusty Dvoracek.
Dvoracek, a former Sooners defensive lineman who played under Stoops and now serves as an analyst for ESPN, tweeted out confirmation that Riley would take the USC job.
Within that tweet, Dvoracek also seemed to break some news, indicating that the former Sooners head coach was expected to be the program’s interim head coach for its upcoming bowl game.
‘Unreal, but can confirm Lincoln Riley is leaving OU for USC.. Expect Bob Stoops to be the interim Head Coach. Wow. Just Wow….’
Stoops was the head coach at Oklahoma from 1999-2016, winning 190 games and leading the Sooners to the 2000 national championship. As head coach he took them to 10 Big 12 championships. The six-time Big 12 Coach of the Year resigned in 2017 and handed the job to Riley.
In retirement, Stoops has remained around Oklahoma, due in part of the fact that his sons play for the team. He was head coach and general manager of the XFL’s Dallas Renegades in 2020, where he went 2-3 before the league was shut down.
Oklahoma joins a list of high-profile jobs on the market, including USC — which appears to be Riley’s — and LSU, where Ed Orgeron agreed to step aside earlier this season.
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