Statement from Bob Stoops:

“After 18 years at the University of Oklahoma, I’ve decided to step down as the head football coach. 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”.

Contrary to Stoop’s statement, I think it is an interesting time to leave the program. One could argue leaving now is unfair to the recruits you just signed. I wonder how that series of conversations went down? “Yeah, we’d love to see you in crimson in white on Saturdays son, come play for OU”. Two months after signing day… “Uh.. yea, bye”. I kid, it’s the nature of the beast. Players and coaches have their reasons for stepping away and I respect that.

On the other hand it also allows for the team to make a smooth transition as a unit into fall camp. Either way, the Sooners will have a veteran staff lead by the former OU Offensive Coordinator and new Head Coach, Lincoln Riley. Stoops disclosed he will still remain with the program as a Special Assistant to the Athletic Director.

Riley is 33 years old, making him the youngest current FBS Head Coach. Before his promotion, he served two seasons as the Sooners Offensive Coordinator.

Bob Stoops had a career record of 190-48 in 18 seasons with the Sooners. He also had a 9-9 bowl record, one national title and four appearances.