Oklahoma coach Stoops re­tires af­ter 18 sea­sons

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS -

NOR­MAN, OKLA. | Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops abruptly an­nounced his re­tire­ment Wed­nes­day, a stun­ning off­sea­son move by the 56-year-old fu­ture Hall of Famer who led the Soon­ers to 11 con­fer­ence cham­pi­onships and a na­tional ti­tle in 18 sea­sons.

Stoops was the long­est-tenured ac­tive coach in ma­jor col­lege foot­ball, tak­ing the job at Oklahoma a day be­fore Kirk Fer­entz started at Iowa. Stoops was 190-48 with the Soon­ers, his only col­lege head-coach­ing job.

Of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Lin­coln Ri­ley, 33, is be­ing pro­moted to head coach, mak­ing him the youngest head coach in FBS. Just last month, Oklahoma gave Ri­ley a three-year con­tract ex­ten­sion worth $1.3 mil­lion per year, mak­ing him one of the high­est-paid co­or­di­na­tors in the coun­try.

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