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Looking back at a wild, wild week it was

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Looking back at a wild, wild week it was

In case you were living under a rock, Bob Stoops shocked Oklahoma and the entire country last Wednesday when he announced his sudden, surprising retirement. Many questions and concerns arose as the transition into the Lincoln Riley Era at the University of Oklahoma began a whole lot sooner than anyone expected. The Franchise Crew did its best to breakdown the career of Bob Stoops, the transition to the Lincoln Riley Era, and just what the future looks like now that Oklahoma’s longest tenured coach has hung ’em up.


John E. Hoover:

What really led Bob Stoops to retire? It’s actually a fairly long list

“We may always wonder why.

Why today? Why Wednesday? Why June 7, 2017?

Why did Bob Stoops retire?…”

Sooners saddened, shocked by Bob Stoops’ unexpected retirement

“Oklahoma linebacker Ogbonnia Okoronkwo was so disappointed on Wednesday to learn that Bob Stoops was retiring, effective immediately, as the Sooners’ head coach.

But “Obo” wasn’t disappointed in the way one might expect…”

Lincoln Riley is an extension of Bob Stoops, and might just be the ideal man for the job

“Lincoln Riley’s understated demeanor belies his intense competitive streak.

His humble upbringing in Muleshoe, Texas, hides his devotion to perfection and his football sophistication…”

Erik Gee:

What’s Next?

What’s next? That is the question on every Oklahoma fan’s mind as Lincoln Riley takes over the helm from Bob Stoops.

Riley, a 33-year-old phenom, spent the last two season impressing OU brass enough that Joe Castiglione, David Boren, and most importantly, Stoops himself felt this was the time to make a change…

Did Bill Snyder help in Bob Stoops’ Decision to Retire?

“Bob Stoops tenure at OU has always had a tie with one of his mentors, Bill Snyder at Kansas State. Every game week of OU/KState, you’re reminded about Bob Stoops history and connection with Bill Snyder. With Stoops retirement now, let’s rehash it again for one last time…”

No time to think, Riley has to hit the ground running

“Right now Lincoln Riley is just trying to wrap his head around being the new head coach at OU while hitting the ground running. No time to stop and think about how the others in his position have ultimately not survived. By others, we mean Gomer Jones, Gary Gibbs, and Adrian Lindsey. The replacements for Bennie Owen, Bud Wilkinson, and Barry Switzer. Of these three men, Gibbs lasted the longest, going six years…”

Former Players React:

Former Sooners React to Shocking Bob Stoops News

“Bob Stoops stunned the college football world when he abruptly announced his retirement on Wednesday. Former Sooners joined 107.7 The Franchise to discuss their reaction to the news:”

Former players and media chime in on the historic day it was in Norman

“Eighteen years. Eighteen. That’s how long Bob Stoops had the title of “Head Coach” at the University of Oklahoma. His tenure came to a screeching halt as he announced his retirement. It was a month or so long process that went under-the-radar, but the public announcement dropped today, June 7th of 2017. A historic day that saw the passing of the torch of being the head coach at Oklahoma to former offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley. Multiple guests came on with Colby and Sam on MMM Ranch to talk about the happenings of June 7th, 2017:”

Nation Remembers Bob Stoops:

The nation remembers the Bob Stoops’ Era

“A couple years ago, an anonymous poll was released that showed that Bob Stoops was the one coach that other coaches around the country would have their sons play for. Stoops received some negative press over the years for his program “lacking” control and his program lacking “discipline”. Most recently, Bob Stoops received even more negative press with the Joe Mixon situation. However today, the people who once questioned Stoops, praised him. The coaches who negatively recruited against Stoops, praised him. His overall impact on the landscape of college football as we know it is unimaginable. The country remembers Bob Stoops:”

Bob Stoops:

Bob Stoops talks to Franchise Morning Show about sudden retirement

“Bob Stoops, newly retired head coach of Oklahoma Football, joined The Franchise Morning Show to discuss his retirement plans and more:”

Lincoln Riley:

New Oklahoma Football Head Coach Lincoln Riley Joins Sam and Colby on the MMM Ranch

“Oklahoma head coach joined the MMM Ranch earlier today. You can listen to Sam, Colby, and Cara every Monday through Friday 3-6.”

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