Oklahoma Football: Bob Stoops Stepping Down As Coach

It’s the end of an era for the Oklahoma football program.

On Wednesday, legendary football coach Bob Stoops announced that he would be stepping down as head coach, effective immediately.

Assistant coach Lincoln Riley is the anticipated heir to fill the vacancy.

BREAKING Can confirm Oklahoman report that Bob Stoops is retiring at #OU, effective immediately. Lincoln Riley will become the new HC

— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) June 7, 2017

The exact reason for Stoops’ sudden retirement is not known for sure at this time. It is not believed to be health related, but nothing is certain at this time.

It is possible that Stoops is stepping down to “go live life.”

Bob Stoops is 56 & has won 10 Big12 titles. I'm told his reasoning for stepping down now is because he's ready & he wants to "go live life."

— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) June 7, 2017

The timing does seem a bit strange, though. The football season is barley three months away, and the Sooners are on the uptick and expected to be highly competitive this season. This might be the opening action in what becomes a long, ugly scandal that lead to Stoops’ retirement.

At this point, everything is speculation.

Regardless of what happens, Stoops’ success at Oklahoma was legendary. A coach there for 18 years, he retires as the longest-tenured active head coach in college football. He’s the winner of 10 conference titles, and holds a .798 winning percentage as the Sooners head coach.

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