What Happened to Bob Stoops?

What Happened to Bob Stoops?

What Happened to Bob Stoops?

Bob Stoops, the former head coach of the Oklahoma Sooners, retired from college football in 2017.

His retirement came as a surprise to many in the college football world, marking the end of an illustrious career that spanned 18 seasons at the University of Oklahoma. 

Bob Stoops' Coaching Legacy

Bob Stoops took over as the head coach of the Oklahoma Sooners in 1999. Over the course of his coaching tenure, he led the Sooners to remarkable success, securing 10 conference championships and a national title.

Under his leadership, the Sooners consistently performed at a high level, and Stoops's impact on the program was undeniable.

His coaching prowess and dedication to the team elevated the Oklahoma football program to new heights, earning him recognition as one of the most successful coaches in college football history.

Retirement Announcement

In June 2017, Bob Stoops announced his retirement, surprising the college football community. Despite the speculation about his health, Stoops clarified that his decision to retire was not due to health reasons.

He expressed confidence in handing over the reins to his successor, Lincoln Riley, emphasizing the program's strong foundation and the seamless transition under Riley's leadership.

Stoops' Statement

In his official statement, Stoops expressed gratitude for his time at Oklahoma, acknowledging the support of the university's leadership, coaching staff, and fans. He highlighted the exceptional players and coaches he had the privilege of working with and the impact of his family's unwavering support throughout his coaching career.

Lincoln Riley's Appointment

Following Stoops' retirement, offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley was promoted as the team's full-time head coach, a move that Stoops believed would ensure continuity and sustained success for the program. Riley, in his statement, expressed deep appreciation for Stoops' mentorship and the opportunity to lead the Oklahoma Sooners.

Life After Coaching

After retiring from college football, Bob Stoops remained involved in the world of sports. He found a new coaching opportunity in the XFL, serving as the head coach of the Dallas Renegades in 2020 and later coaching the rebranded Arlington ballclub. Stoops' enthusiasm for coaching in the XFL reflected his enduring passion for the game, providing him with a fulfilling new chapter in his career.

Legacy and Family

Bob Stoops' impact extended beyond the football field. He was part of a family of football coaches, with his brothers also pursuing careers in college football coaching. Stoops' dedication to mentoring young athletes and his commitment to excellence left an indelible mark on the college football landscape.

 

To conclude, Bob Stoops' retirement marked the end of an era in college football. His legacy as the head coach of the Oklahoma Sooners, along with his transition to coaching in the XFL, exemplifies his enduring passion for the sport.

Stoops' impact on the Oklahoma football program and the broader college football community remains an integral part of his storied career.


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