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09 June 2017, 09:12 | Nina Perez
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So it should come as no surprise that Snyder had kind words for his old friend after Stoops shockingly retired from coaching following a stellar 18-year run with the Sooners this week. Stoops, a six-time Big 12 Coach of the Year and two-time National Coach of the Year victor, says that its the flawless time for him to hand over the reins. Depending on if one of those head coaches retires or gets fired in the coming years, there's a chance we could see that number get even lower, if a new national title head coach doesn't emerge before then.
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.
"I am so very proud of him and Carol and know that they will have a wonderful and enjoyable retirement".
Stoops has heart disease, and his father, Ron, died in 1988 at age 54 of a heart attack suffered while coaching a high school game.
Born September 9, 1960, in Ohio, Robert "Bob" Anthony Stoops is a former head football coach at Oklahoma University.
"As things changed, and college football changed, and the players changed, he was able to adapt and never miss a beat", Lehman said.
Former Sooners cornerback Aaron Colvin, now with the Jacksonville Jaguars in the National Football League, took to Instagram to thank Stoops.
Younger brother Mike Stoops is Oklahoma's defensive coordinator.
In just two years, Riley showed Stoops enough to make the coach feel comfortable that the right successor was in place. In 1995, he went on to become the assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator.
He led the Sooners to the national championship in 2000. Stoops was hired a day before Ferentz on December 1, 1998. It also leaves a Texas-sized hole in the Big 12 at a time when the embattled league is struggling to keep pace with the other Power 5 conferences. The passion of our fan base is unmatched, and their support has played a huge role in not only home games, but road games and all 18 of our bowl games, as well. A family line that includes the legendary Bud Wilkinson, credited as the head coach that put Oklahoma football in the national spotlight, and Barry Switzer, who won 157 games at Oklahoma in the "70s and '80s and, like Wilkinson, delivered three national championships".
"The fact that Bob would hand it over at that time and really walk away from a great contract, brand new facilities, a brand-new office they just built for him, says a lot about Bob Stoops", he said.
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