Bob Stoops to retire from Oklahoma

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WWLS Radio reported that Stoops said he is not retiring because of his health and will meet with the team at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Of course, Oklahoma went on to realize how good Stoops could be in a short time. He guided the Sooners to the 2000 national title, 10 Big 12 championships and recording double-digit wins in 14 seasons. The Sooners won nine Big 12 titles (tied for 10th) and won a National title.

Stoops has a 190-48 overall record at the school, and the Sooners have reached a bowl game in each of his 18 seasons. He was a defensive back for the Hawkeyes from 1979 to 1982.

The paper reports that, while Stoops plans to remain with the university, 33-year-old offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley will take over and lead the team this season. With Baker Mayfield at quarterback, the Sooners were seventh in the nation in total offense in 2015, averaging 530.2 yards per game. Last season, the Sooners ended on a high note when they defeated Auburn in the Sugar Bowl with a score of 35-19.

It helps that Riley oversaw Baker Mayfield's Heisman-caliber season.

Stoops was the longest-tenured active coach in major college football, taking the job at Oklahoma a day before Kirk Ferentz started at Iowa. "Fault for me for believing that an 18-year-old without prior violent situations whatsoever and, in an altercation, had the wrong and terrible response that he did, that he might have the opportunity moving forward to redeem himself and prove from it, grow from it and, someday, possibly be forgiven".

Share with Us - We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article, and smart, constructive criticism. I agree completely that we have exactly the right person already in place to take the helm. It was an honor to play and coach against him. It's been a fantastic first two years, but I'm excited for what's ahead in Norman. "We celebrate a tremendous legacy today and because of what Bob did here and the coach we have identified, we look forward to our future with great optimism".

The Sooners open the 2017 season at home against UTEP on September 2.

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