According to a report in The Oklahoman, University of Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops will shock the college football world on Wednesday by announcing his retirement.
Stoops, 56, apparently will step down with a 190-48 career record, 10 Big 12 Conference championships and the 2000 national championship. He’s also the program’s winningest coach, passing Barry Switzer.
Multiple outlets reported that Stoops said his health was not at issue.
A source told The Franchise last fall that Stoops was considering retiring during the season and said there had been talks of a retirement party following the Kansas game on Oct. 29. That never materialized, however, and Stoops quashed the rumors.
At Big 12 Media Days last summer, Stoops, the longest-tenured coach in FBS, was asked how long he saw himself coaching.
“You know, that’s something you would is ask a guy that’s maybe 65, but I’m only 55,” Stoops said. “So I don’t see myself anytime soon, that being the question that I need to answer. I would like to think I’m in really good health. I take care of myself. I can’t wait for this season, much like I couldn’t 17 years ago for my first one as a head coach. It’s exciting. You have a new team every year, and I can’t wait for it. So hopefully, I’m going another 10 years or so. I don’t think I will be one of those guys, God bless him, like Coach (Bill) Snyder, I’m not going that long, but I sure can go to retirement age.”
Offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley, who received a contract extension and big raise last month, will replace Stoops, pending approval of the OU Board of Regents.
The Franchise will have more on this story as it develops.
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