ESPN Bob Stoops, the longest-tenured coach in college football, will tell the Oklahoma Sooners on Wednesday that he is retiring after 18 seasons, a source confirmed to ESPN’s Mark Schlabach. Offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley will succeed Stoops, who will remain with OU in some capacity, according to the Oklahoman, who first reported Stoops was retiring as head coach. 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. 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 had reached double-digit wins in 14 seasons, including a 11-2 mark in 2016. “When I accepted this job, I knew it wasn’t a stepping-stone job, where you do well here and get a better job,” Stoops told ESPN prior to the 2016 season. “I thought all along this was the best job.” Overall, Stoops, who turns 57 on Sept. 9, is the winningest coach in OU history with a 190-48 record. 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 with last year’s 35-19 victory over Auburn.
Shocking news in the world of college football today, as the legendary Bob Stoops has decided to step down as head coach of the Oklahoma Sooners, and he announced his retirement at age 57. We hope that everything is alright, from a health and personal life standpoint for Bob Stoops and his family, as you just do not see head coaches at one of the top programs in the nation walk away from their job at age 57. Of course, Bob Stoops signed a nine year contract in 2012 that guaranteed him $49 million dollars, maybe he decided that he wanted to enjoy the rest of his life stress free and get to spend some of the millions of dollars he has earned. Good luck goes to his successor Lincoln Riley, who has big shoes to fill, and his work cut out for him.