Oklahoma Sooners head coach Bob Stoops is retiring, with plans to tell his team later today, per a report from NewsOK's Barry Tramel.
Carey Murdock of WWLS in Norman, Oklahoma, later confirmed Tramel's report after a discussion with Stoops:
Spoke with Bob Stoops. He confirms he is retiring as OU head coach. Team meeting to take pllace at 2:30. As first reported by @BerryTramel— Carey Murdock (@CareyWWLS) June 7, 2017
Stoops, a Youngstown native, boasts a career record of 190–48 in 18 seasons as a head coach, all of them with the Sooners. He led Oklahoma to a perfect 13–0 record and a BCS National Championship, topping Florida State in the Orange Bowl, in 2000, his second season at the helm. In all, his Sooners teams played in four national championship games.
Just 56, Stoops won 10 Big 12 Championships in his time in Norman. He's reportedly stepping down because he's ready and wants to “go live life.”
In May, Stoops paid $2.25 million for a vintage row home in Chicago's exclusive Gold Coast neighborhood.
Tramel's report indicated Oklahoma's offensive coordinator, Lincoln Riley, will take over as head coach. Riley, 33, has been with the Sooners for two seasons and is considered one of the bright young offensive minds in the game.
The Sooners travel to Ohio Stadium to face the Buckeyes on Saturday, Sept. 9. He finishes 0–1 against Ohio State, losing to Urban Meyer 45-24 last September in Norman.
Stoops coaching tree includes such names as Washington State coach Mike Leach, Youngstown State and former Nebraska coach Bo Pelini, Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin, and current Ohio State offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson.
|2008||Oklahoma||12–2||7–1||T–1st||L, BCS NCG||5||5|
|2014||Oklahoma||8–5||5–4||T–4th||L, Russell Athletic|