We’ve got some big news on an otherwise sleepy summer Wednesday. Oklahoma head football coach Bob Stoops is retiring and will hand the keys over to offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley, effective immediately.
Stoops, 56, had been at Oklahoma since 1998. He holds a 198-40 record since taking over for the Sooners. Lincoln Riley — an up and coming riser in coaching circles — will take over at just 33 years old.
It’s unclear at this point why Stoops has stepped down.
Oklahoma is a contender year in and year out. They were in the college football playoff just two seasons ago and were set to make another run at it with senior quarterback Baker Mayfield. Stoops won’t be a part of that run, however.
Per multiple outlets, the move wasn’t made in regards to health. The timing of this is just odd. You don’t see big moves like this made in June.
We’ll update this story as more unfolds.