Bob Stoops steps down as Oklahoma's head football coach

Oklahoma Sooner head football coach Bob Stoops announced his retirement on Wednesday. Stoops decision is effective immediately.

"After 18 years at the University of Oklahoma, I've decided to step down as the head football coach.

"I feel the timing is perfect to hand over the reins. The program is in tremendous shape. We have outstanding players and coaches and are poised to make another run at a Big 12 and national championship.

"Thank you all for a lifetime of memories we shared together of 10 conference championships, the 2000 national championship, strong relationships with players and coaches, and the great Oklahoma football fans. Boomer!" Stoops said in a statement.

Lincoln Riley will take over as Oklahoma's head football coach.

"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."

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