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Bob Stoops retired

Postby Phantom Phenom » Wed Jun 07, 2017 5:56 pm

Per espn... shocking

Bob Stoops steps down as Oklahoma coach after 18 seasons
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Bob Stoops, the longest-tenured coach in college football, has stepped down after 18 seasons with the Oklahoma Sooners, he announced Wednesday.

"After 18 years at the University of Oklahoma, I've decided to step down as the head football coach," Stoops said in a statement. "I feel the timing is perfect to hand over the reins. The program is in tremendous shape. We have outstanding players and coaches and are poised to make another run at a Big 12 and national championship.

"... Thank you all for a lifetime of memories we shared together of 10 conference championships, the 2000 national championship, strong relationships with players and coaches, and the great Oklahoma football fans. Boomer!"


Bob Stoops joins rare company in college football history
The winningest coach in the history of Oklahoma, one of the most storied programs in history, is among an elite club of coaches who were able to leave on their own terms.

Meet Lincoln Riley, the 33-year-old taking over the Oklahoma Sooners
OU coach Bob Stoops knew Lincoln Riley was head coach material. Now Riley, the youngest head coach in the FBS, gets his chance to prove it.
Stoops will be succeeded by 33-year-old Lincoln Riley, who will become the youngest head coach at the FBS level after two seasons as OU's offensive coordinator. Stoops will remain as special assistant to the athletic director.

"The time is now because Lincoln Riley will provide a seamless transition as the new head coach, capitalizing on an excellent staff that is already in place and providing familiarity and confidence for our players," Stoops said in the statement. "Now is simply the ideal time for me and our program to make this transition."

Stoops said he did not base his decision on health reasons and that he's "had no incidents that would prevent me from coaching." A high-ranking Oklahoma athletic department official told ESPN's Gene Wojciechowski that Stoops' decision "was not an overnight revelation."

The source added that Stoops' father, Ron, suffered a heart attack and died while coaching a high school game in Ohio in the late '80s and that Stoops has always had that in his mind. The source also said Stoops didn't want to get to the point at which the school forced him out, adding that he doesn't expect Stoops to coach again at any level.

"He didn't want to go from the sidelines to the graveyard," former Florida coach Steve Spurrier told ESPN on Wednesday. "He pretty much was able to go out on top."

Bob Stoops is the all-time winningest coach at Oklahoma, compiling a 190-48 record and taking the Sooners to bowl games in all 18 of his seasons. Ben Queen/USA TODAY Sports
Stoops joined the Sooners as a rookie head coach in 1999, and he guided OU to the 2000 national championship, 10 Big 12 titles and 14 seasons with double-digit wins, including an 11-2 mark in 2016.

Stoops, who turns 57 on Sept. 9, is the winningest coach in OU history with a 190-48 record (.798 winning percentage). He has gone 121-29 in Big 12 play and has taken the Sooners to bowl games in every one of his 18 seasons -- going 9-9, capped by January's 35-19 victory over Auburn in the Sugar Bowl.

His 190 victories rank fourth among FBS coaches, behind Brian Kelly (230), Bill Snyder (202) and Nick Saban (205). Only four times in Stoops' career did the Sooners win less than 10 games, and he never had a losing record.

In addition, he coached two Heisman Trophy winners: quarterbacks Jason White (2003) and Sam Bradford (2008).

"The Bible says, 'To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven,'" Stoops said in his statement. "I'm grateful for this season of my life, and feel I've fulfilled my purpose here at OU as its head football coach."

Stoops was finishing his third season as defensive coordinator under Spurrier at Florida when the Sooners came calling and hired him in December 1998.

Oklahoma had fallen into disrepair after three losing seasons under John Blake. When Stoops arrived, chicken bones littered the practice field, where fans had still been allowed to tailgate. Even more telling, the sign Bud Wilkinson put up coming out of Oklahoma's locker room, "PLAY LIKE A CHAMPION TODAY," was dilapidated and missing letters.

After only two seasons with "Big Game Bob" at the helm, Oklahoma was a national champion again, beating No. 2 Florida State 13-2 in the BCS National Championship Game at the Orange Bowl.

The Sooners would play for the BCS national title three more times under Stoops -- losing to LSU (2003 season), USC (2004) and Florida (2008) -- and a spot in the College Football Playoff (2015).

Boomer Sooner
The Oklahoma Sooners have had the second-best winning percentage in the FBS since Bob Stoops took over as coach in 1999:
Boise State .838
Oklahoma .798
Ohio State .795
LSU .740
TCU .739
His 2008 team scored 716 points, which at the time had been the most by any team in a season.

"Bob did a tremendous job turning things around at Oklahoma and putting their program back in national prominence," former Texas coach Mack Brown said in a statement. "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. ... He will be remembered as a Sooner legend. I wish him the best."

Stoops went 11-7 against the rival Longhorns during his tenure.

He was named Walter Camp Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2003 and was named Big 12 Coach of the Year six times. He is the only head coach in the BCS era to have won the Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl, Fiesta Bowl and Sugar Bowl.

On Wednesday, Stoops took time to thank his players -- past and present -- and the fans.

"I'm especially thankful for being able to coach so many talented young men over my 18 years here," Stoops said. "It has been so rewarding to see these players come to OU and mature over a four or five-year career, and not just on the field. To play a small part in their growth is what I will always cherish the most.

"None of my success would have happened without the best fans in the country. I can't tell you how much I appreciated the 110 consecutive home sellouts. The passion of our fan base is unmatched, and their support has played a huge role in not only home games, but road games and all 18 of our bowl games, as well."
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Re: Bob Stoops retired

Postby PrimeMinister » Wed Jun 07, 2017 5:56 pm

It's time
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Re: Bob Stoops retired

Postby MJW » Thu Jun 08, 2017 6:28 am

The timing is odd, isn't it? Stepping away in June? If an NFL coach had done this it'd be a huge story. It seems like there should be some followup questions.

Also, 110 consecutive home sellouts? How quaint. Great...great fans you have in Norman there. We're all really impressed up here in Lincoln.
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Re: Bob Stoops retired

Postby Zarniwoop » Thu Jun 08, 2017 9:31 am

It was probably his way to 100% guarantee his OC would get the job. Cant really do a search now
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Re: Bob Stoops retired

Postby Cheb » Thu Jun 08, 2017 11:54 am

It's odd, but he did it on his own terms.

By all accounts he is/was a great dude. I wish him all the best in his future endeavors.
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