Bob Stoops Retires As Head Coach Of Oklahoma Football

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FILE - In this October 9, 2004, file photo, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops hugs running back Adrian Peterson after beating Texas 12-0, in Dallas.

But Stoops' Oklahoma tenure is largely remembered for championship celebrations, the 2000 BCS National Championship, the 10 Big 12 titles.

His presumptive successor, OC Lincoln Riley, has been at Oklahoma for two seasons and will be the 22nd head coach in program history. If the Bears aren't anxious about that and are more focused on making sure they bring in an established, big-time coach, Stoops could get a call. "As bad as things can get, you've got to keep a good attitude and look for the silver lining and just not let things get you down".

"I mean, you can't argue what he's done since he's been there with the offense, but it's a totally different deal running an offense and running a program so that's his challenge now", he said.

Stoops compiled an impressive resume during his 18-year reign. You coached many greats and you got more rings than anyone in Big 12 history.

"This came together so quickly, but I feel prepared", he said.

"Bob has a good outlook on life, " said Mangino, who spoke with Stoops within the last two weeks but was unaware of any retirement intentions. Maybe Stoops just wanted to leave on his own terms and enjoy life away from the incredible stress that comes with coaching a college football monster. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File) FILE - In this September 17, 2016, file photo, Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley, right, talks to quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) during an NCAA college football game against Ohio State in Norman, Okla. Now is simply the ideal time for me and our program to make this transition. His first coaching position was as a volunteer coach and graduate assistant for the Hawkeyes.

"I don't think any of us besides Coach Stoops and his family knew it was coming, that he was thinking about it".

Stoops is nine years younger than Nick Saban. The program is in tremendous shape.

The announcement - well, bombshell - that exploded Wednesday on all of college football, and particularly in the Big 12, was the product of Bob Stoops thinking about his time in coaching. "Lincoln Riley will become the new HC".

As the interim coach, Riley has a golden opportunity to prove he is worthy of being Oklahoma's full-time head coach in the years to come, but if the Sooners struggle to meet some lofty expectations, Oklahoma has the funding to hire a big name head coach on the rise or pull from available options elsewhere.

OU went 7-2 in Stoops' first season in 1999 before embarking on a rapid rise.

Former University of Florida head coach Steve Spurrier: "It was a surprise but not a complete shock". He went on to mentor Michael Crabtree and Danny Amendola at Texas Tech and served as interim offensive coordinator in the Red Raiders' Alamo Bowl win over Michigan State after the 2009 season, earning an offer to work as offensive coordinator at East Carolina in 2010. They praised Stoops for winning the National Championship in 2000, and talked about how strong the team is looking for next year.

"Lastly, I'd like to thank my wife, Carol, and my daughter, Mackie, and my sons, Drake and Isaac". His brother Mark has been head coach at Kentucky since 2012, and his brother Ron is special teams coach at Youngstown State.

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