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Bob Stoops: ‘Lincoln Riley Didn’t Invent Oklahoma Football’

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Today, Bob Stoops visited the Capitol building in Oklahoma City to accept a current resolution to honor his service to the State of Oklahoma as the Sooners’ head coach.

During his time on the floor, Stoops mentioned that he felt like a fish out of water and said he would “rather be in the middle of the Cotton Bowl fighting Texas” than be giving a speech.

I’d bet he would be more comfortable in that environment, considering he’s been there 18 times.


Another one-liner that caught the attention of those listening was when Stoops declared that “Lincoln Riley didn’t invent Oklahoma football.”

Of course, those outside of the confines of the Panhandle State would tell you otherwise, but Stoops is certainly right. There have been four coaches in Oklahoma’s history win 100+ games, the only school in the country with that claim, and guess what? Not one of them was named Lincoln Riley.

Bob Stoops, who reached 100 wins faster than any other coach in college football history, has 191 wins to his name, making him the all-time winningest coach in OU’s history. Under his direction, the Sooners went 191-48 (.798), won 10+ games in 14 of his 18 seasons at the helm, and collected 10 Big 12 Championships.

The Sooners went to 18 straight bowl games under Stoops, and he also was the only coach in the BCS era to win a Fiesta Bowl, Orange Bowl, Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl, and the national


Perhaps his most incredible stat was that Oklahoma was 101-9 at home during Stoops tenure, with all 110 of those games being sellouts.

While the six-time Big 12 Coach of the Year and two-time national coach of the year brought Oklahoma back to prominence, guys like Barry Switzer, Bud Wilkinson, and Bennie Owen had outstanding success in Norman even before him. So Stoops is 100% correct. Oklahoma football will continue to roll right along without the pride of Muleshoe, Texas.

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