Sooners' Bob Stoops retiring after 18 seasons

Sooners' Bob Stoops retiring after 18 seasons

Sooners' Bob Stoops retiring after 18 seasons

He finished with a program-record 190 wins - more than Switzer or the equally legendary Bud Wilkinson - and just nine home losses over 18 seasons.

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. Stoops called it "simply the ideal time for me and our program to make this transition".

After 18 years at the University of Oklahoma, I've chose to step down as the head football coach.

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In four seasons before Stoops' hire OU went 17-27-1 overall and 10-21 in the Big Eight. Stoops is confident in Riley as his successor and believes it's the right time. "I get this call from Georgia, and he tells me about Bob Stoops resigning", Switzer said. I will be forever grateful. They lost the BCS National Championship Game after the 2008 season to Florida. "He will continue to do great things for OU".

It was the only head coaching job that the Youngstown, Ohio native had ever held during his career. He is one of the greatest coaches in the history of the game, at any level. Another younger brother, Mark, is head coach at Kentucky.

"Coaching at Oklahoma is a dream come true for me and my family".

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Prior to East Carolina, Oklahoma officials say Riley spent seven seasons at his alma mater, Texas Tech University, where he had five bowl wins.

Bob Stoops and his wife, Carol, have three children. 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.

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