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Bob Stoops retires as OU football coach

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Bob Stoops is retiring as the coach of OU's Sooners football team.
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OKLAHOMA CITY – Bob Stoops, Oklahoma’s football coach for the past 18 seasons, is stepping down and assistant Lincoln Riley is expected to be named the new head coach for the Sooners.

No explanation was given for Stoops’ sudden retirement. He’s been criticized for keeping Joe Mixon on the team after the latter punched a girl at a Norman sandwich shop nearly three years ago.

Stoops suspended Mixon, a five-star halfback from California, for one season and allowed Mixon to return to the team for two seasons afterward. A video of the incident was released a few months ago opening another can of worms about the incident. Many were sickened by what they saw and criticized Stoops for keeping is star player on the team.

Stoops and his wife, Carol, recently purchased a home in Chicago for $2.25 million leaving many scratching their heads.

Stoops is expected to remain with the university, but unknown in what capacity.

Stoops was hired at OU in December 1998 after nearly a decade of non-championship caliber football.

“I’ll fight to return the Sooners as a Big 12 powerhouse,” he said at his hiring press conference. “It shouldn’t take very long to compete for the Big 12 championship. We’ll be consistent and exciting to watch. We’ll operate with no excuses. There are no excuses; you succeed, or you don’t.”

He was right. The Sooners not only won the Big 12 Championship in his second year, but they also won the national championship. Stoops has led Oklahoma to a 190-48 record, the most wins in school history. He also is the second-longest tenured coach behind Bennie Owen who coached the Sooners for 22 years. OU won 10 Big 12 Conference titles under his tutelage, more than any coach or school in the Big 12 era.

Stoops is the only coach to win all four major bowl games (Fiesta, Orange, Rose, and Sugar) in the BCS era. He was a named the Big 12 Conference’s Coach of the Year five times (2000, 2003, 2006, 2015 and 2016) and National Coach of the Year twice (2000 and 2003).

During the BCS era, Stoops was the only coach to win a national championship and every BCS bowl game.

Riley joined the football program in 2015 and received the Broyles Award, which was awarded to the nation’s top assistant coach. Last season, OU’s offense led the nation in passing efficiency and pass completion percentage under Riley’s guidance. The offense ended the season ranked second in total offense and third in scoring offense.

Last month, the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents approved a raise and a three-year contract extension for Riley.

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