Bob Stoops to Retire as Oklahoma Head Coach After 18 Seasons

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NORMAN, OK - OCTOBER 29: Head Coach Bob Stoops of the Oklahoma Sooners walks the field before the game against the Kansas Jayhawks October 29, 2016 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Jayhawks 56-3. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

According to multiple media reports, including ESPN, Oklahoma Sooners head coach Bob Stoops will retire effective immediately. The long-time coach said he is not retiring because of his health and informed the team around 3:30 p.m. ET.

Stoops, 56, will end his 18-year tenure as head coach with an overall record of 190-48, including a National Championship in 2000. He became the winningest coach in OU history in 2013 with his 158th career victory. Stoops also took his team to bowl appearances every year during his career at Oklahoma. His first season with the program was in 1999 after spending two seasons under Steve Spurrier as defensive coordinator.

Taking over as head coach is 33-year old offensive coordinator, Lincoln Riley. Hired from East Carolina prior to the 2015 season, Riley won the Broyles Award as the nation’s best assistant coach at age 32. His most notable coaching experience is his work with Baker Mayfield. A walk-on transfer from Texas Tech, Riley groomed Mayfield to fourth-and third-place finishes in the Heisman race the past two seasons.

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