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The nation remembers the Bob Stoops’ Era

Bob Stoops finishes his career as Oklahoma's football coach with a record of 190-48. (SUE OGROCKI/AP)
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:

Ivan Maisel of ESPN:

“Bob Stoops is leaving coaching the same way he conducted his business for 18 seasons on the Oklahoma sideline. He made the decision his gut told him to make, when he wanted to make it, and everyone else will have to live with it. And just as he won throughout his career with the Sooners, he won at retiring, too.

The winningest coach (190-48) in the history of one of the most storied programs in college football is leaving on his terms, with his health intact, at 56 years of age. The list of college football icons who leave of their own accord in good health at a relatively young age is so short we need the chain gang to measure it.

Tom Osborne, Ara Parseghian, Bud Wilkinson … and Stoops. But then, Stoops should be used to being in rare company.

Stoops won’t be listed among the greatest coaches in the history of the game. You have to win more than one national championship to get in that conversation. Who among us, after the electrifying start to his Oklahoma career, thought he would win only one ring?

But Stoops is on the next level, and there aren’t many standing with him…”

Tom Herman:

Mack Brown:

“Coach Stoops’ record of success and his legacy at Oklahoma are well documented and firmly established. I was a young graduate assistant at Texas when he took over at Oklahoma. At the time, they were struggling, and he changed that in a hurry. He was driven, passionate and determined to build something great, and he did so at an extremely high level for a long, long time. He’ll be sorely missed at Oklahoma, in the Big 12 and on the landscape of college football.”

Kliff Kingsbury:

Steve Spurrier:

“It was a surprise but not a complete shock,” said Spurrier. “Bobby always indicated he wasn’t going to coach forever. There is life after coaching, and once he decided the time was right, he was going to move on. He wanted to go out at the right time and he feels good about where the program is right now. He has left a good team for Lincoln Riley and the Oklahoma program.”

Nick Saban:

“Bob is a great friend and one of the best coaches in the country during his time at Oklahoma,” Saban said. “I have had the pleasure of knowing him and his family for over 40 years. I have always had so much respect for Bob because of his professionalism and his integrity. The quality of teams he has been able to field on a consistent basis is second to none. We wish him well in whatever he chooses to do in the future.”

Dan Wolken of USA Today:

“Given all the money involved and the amount of stress it took to get there, it would only be natural for an older coach to take their foot off the gas a little bit. As much as the college football industrial complex tends to deify coaches, they are human beings at the end of the day.

Since 1983 — the year he graduated college — Stoops has known nothing but coaching football and did it as well or better than all but a few in his generation. He accomplished everything he could as coach. Now he has millions in the bank and a list of things he will have time to do as a civilian.

That doesn’t make him a quitter. It makes him a person.”

Brent Venables:

Kevin Sumlin:

Joel Klatt of Fox Sports:

Clay Bennett, Owner of OKC Thunder:


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