Oklahoma Sooners prepare to welcome new head coach Lincoln Riley

Oklahoma Sooners prepare to welcome new head coach Lincoln Riley

At the age of 56, Oklahoma Sooners football coach Bob Stoops suddenly announced his retirement on Wednesday, June 7.

He came to Norman and took a program to the top quickly, winning his lone national championship in his second season as the conductor. Stoops set the bar high for the 33-year-old who is now the youngest head coach in the FBS.

Really, anyone who could beat one of Stoops' teams must've had a solid squad himself.

After four stops as an assistant, Stoops arrived at Oklahoma in 1999 to replace John Blake and immediately made the Sooners winners again, taking them to their first bowl game since 1994 — the first of 18 in a row for him. They have combined for 11 national titles in college football's poll era (1936-present).

Also, while he was at Oklahoma, Bob Stoops botched multiple cases involving violence against women involving players at the University of Oklahoma, and set an bad example by doing so for the university and the sport as a whole. The results were immediate - a trip to a minor bowl game after his first year, then an unexpected, undefeated run to the national championship in 2000.

Stoops was a player at Iowa while Snyder was the offensive coordinator, and Stoops was an assistant under Bill Snyder at K-State from 1989-95. "Our rivalry game became a focal point of college football every year and was great for both schools, the Big 12 and college football as a whole". To alter the course of a program he could see was slipping, Stoops overhauled his coaching staff after an 8-5 2014 season with Riley as the centerpiece.




This number may sound small, which it is, but we saw this same number when former LSU head coach Les Miles was sacked in 2016.

Bob Stoops and his wife, Carol, have three children.

In the meantime, Thompson continues to go to classes at Alabama and participate in offseason workouts with the team.

Riley's first game will be at home against UTEP on September 2.

"Part of me is surprised and part of me is not", Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said. "I think coach Stoops is very comfortable with handing him the job". He surpassed Barry Switzer's record for the most wins by a coach at Oklahoma in 2013. What's ahead of Stoops, nobody but him knows, but he'll stay with Oklahoma in some capacity - perhaps as an "ambassador" like good friend Steve Spurrier?

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