Bob Stoops is stepping down as head football coach of the Oklahoma Sooners after 18 years at the helm. The news first broke by Berry Tramel of NewsOK. Offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley, 33, will take over as head coach.
Stoops led Oklahoma to the 2000 national championship in just his second year with the Sooners. He won 10 Big 12 titles, including each of the last two years. The six-time Big 12 Coach of the Year had seven top five finishes and 11 top 10 finishes.
"The time is now because Lincoln Riley will provide a seamless transition as the new head coach, capitalizing on an excellent staff that is already in place and providing familiarity and confidence for our players," Stoops said in the statement. "Now is simply the ideal time for me and our program to make this transition."
The 56-year-old had a 4-2 record against Nebraska during his time as OU head coach with one of those losses coming in 2001 & the other in 2009.
Stoops went 190-48 in his 18 years in Norman. The Iowa alum is also the only coach in the BCS era to have won a Rose Bowl, a Sugar Bowl, a Fiesta Bowl & an Orange Bowl.