Lincoln Riley, 33, takes over as Oklahoma's football coach

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09 June, 2017

Long-time Sooners coach Bob Stoops has stepped down as the leader of Oklahoma, possibly marring their status as the favorites to nab the Big 12 crown next season and make a convincing case for CFP inclusion.

The college football coaching landscape took a huge blow yesterday when head coach Bob Stoops retired as the head coach of the Oklahoma Sooners.

His early success that included three straight victories in major bowls and a five-game winning streak against Texas earned him the nickname "Big Game Bob". Before that, Bob Stoops took his Sooners to four national championships, winning one in 2000. He guided the Sooners to a national championship in his second season in 2000, and his teams played in BCS National Championship games in 2003, "04 and '08 and then the College Football Playoff semifinals in 2015".

Coach Stoops will be succeeded by offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley, who - at 33-years old - will be the youngest head coach in the FBS. "He wanted to go out at the right time and he feels good about where the program is right now".

The longtime Sooner head coach is clearly going out on a high note.

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"Well, it's certainly going to be different", said defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, Bob's brother. His team has won two consecutive Big 12 championships and is fresh off a Sugar Bowl victory over Auburn, the second best team in the Southeast Conference, considered the strongest in college football. We have outstanding players and coaches and are poised to make another run at a Big 12 and national championship.

Lincoln Riley gets emotional at a news conference to announce the retirement of Oklahoma head football coach Bob Stoops and his announcement as new head coach, in Norman, Okla., Wednesday, June 7, 2017. Only four times in Stoops' career did the Sooners win less than 10 games, and he never had a losing record.

"There is life after coaching, and once he decided the time was right, he was going to move on", Spurrier said. Stoops started out as the defensive backs coach for the Wildcats and ended his time in Manhattan as the co-defensive coordinator.

But before all that, he helped Snyder turnaround K-State as an assistant.

"I'm especially thankful for being able to coach so many talented young men over my 18 years here". We are truly proud of his success at Oklahoma. "What he means to me as a brother and a coach is immeasurable". "Our rivalry game became a focal point of college football every year and was great for both schools, the Big 12 and college football as a whole".


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