Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops retires at 56

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While Oklahoma did not make it to the College Football Playoffs in his final year, the last game coached by "Big Game Bob" was a 35-19 win over Auburn in the Sugar Bowl.

In over 18 years manning the sidelines for Oklahoma, Stoops guided the Sooners to a national title (2000) and 10 Big 12 Conference championships.

Riley grew up in Muleshoe, Texas, (pop. 4,975) and was still just an under-the-radar offensive coordinator at Eastern Carolina in 2014. Yes, promoting offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley to the role of head coach means the Sooners will run the same offense, but thinking OU will be the same team next season is insane.

For the sake of the Big 12, Lincoln Riley and Tom Herman better live up to the hype. Before that, he was the head football coach at the University of Arizona. "His track record speaks for itself, and again, there's just so many things he was able to pass on to me over the past couple years - and will continue to do so - that made me feel really at ease with this". Then why did Bob Stoops retire?

Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione hired Stoops after the 1998 season. How this plays out is impossible to predict, but this much is certain: Big 12 football can not thrive without Oklahoma and Texas thriving. A daughter attends Oklahoma and twin sons are seniors in high school who are potential major college football players.

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Bob Stoops and his wife, Carol, have three children.

"He's still going to be coaching the offense, calling plays, so it's a bigger role for him on the defensive side of things and more responsibility", quarterback Baker Mayfield said.

Stoops later became the Wildcats' co-defensive coordinator before leaving for the same job at Florida. Known as an excellent recruiter, his three years in Norman produced a dismal 12-22 record that included losses of 73-21 and 69-7 to Nebraska, as well as losses to Northwestern, Kansas and Oklahoma State (twice).

Now imagine that something goes wrong in the visit to Ohio State's Horseshoe in Riley's second game.

Bob Stoops graduated with a marketing degree in 1983, but began his coaching career under Hayden Fry instead of pursuing a career in marketing. What's ahead of Stoops, nobody but him knows, but he'll stay with Oklahoma in some capacity - perhaps as an "ambassador" like good friend Steve Spurrier?