In an abrupt announcement, Bob Stoops announced that he will be resigning from his position as the University of Oklahoma’s head football coach. The announcement came right as teams are accelerating preparations for the 2017-18 season. The vacancy left by Stoops will be filled by Oklahoma’s offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley.
Stoops coached the Oklahoma Sooners for eighteen years, fourteen of which the Sooners won at least ten games. He leaves college football with a .798 win percentage, the second best record in the FBS during his tenure. Oklahoma only lost nine games at home during Stoop’s tenure. Stoops led the Sooners to ten conference titles, was the first coach to win all four FCS Bowl games, and led the Sooners to a National Championship in 2000. Even so, Stoops has been criticized for his inability to win more big games in recent years. Even so, he will leave OU as one of the most beloved coaches in college football.