Very shocking and unexpected news broke out of the state of Oklahoma as word came out that longtime Oklahoma Sooners head football coach Bob Stoops is reportedly retiring. Stoops is hanging them up after 18 very successful years at Oklahoma where he has held the head coaching position since 1999. This news now means that there is currently only 4 active head coaches in college football that have won a national championship.
Let’s see what people were saying about Stoops shocking retirement.
Breaking: Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops plans to tell his team Wednesday that he will retire after 18 seasons, per The Oklahoman. pic.twitter.com/Lg3N4Xtwrk
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 7, 2017
Bob Stoops will finish his coaching career at Oklahoma with 190 wins, a .798 win percentage and a national championship. pic.twitter.com/ZjT85ZrIXv
— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) June 7, 2017
Bob Stoops coached 238 games at Oklahoma - and remarkably only lost consecutive games 3 times in 18 years
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) June 7, 2017
Here's the official statement from Bob Stoops announcing his retirement: pic.twitter.com/ozl5YJE0a6
— SoonerScoop.com (@SoonerScoop) June 7, 2017
— Gabe Ikard (@GabeIkard) June 7, 2017
Is Bob Stoops really done coaching? Consider this: he's almost same age now as Nick Saban was when he started at Bama.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) June 7, 2017
— Jordan Evans (@jordanevans_50) June 7, 2017
Bob Stoops turned this, into this. pic.twitter.com/25KMpEmDzc
— Kegan Reneau (@KeganReneau) June 7, 2017
— samaje perine (@samajp32) June 7, 2017
Thank you for the opportunity. Words will never be enough to show how grateful I am that you changed my life. Legendary. @OU_CoachStoops
— Dimitri Flowers (@treeflowers36) June 7, 2017
— Oklahoma Basketball (@OU_WBBall) June 7, 2017
— Dede Westbrook (@DedeTHEGreat11) June 7, 2017
Bill Snyder refuses to grant Bob Stoops permission to retire, demands that he see through contract, calls him "quitter".
— Jon Morse (@jonfmorse) June 7, 2017
Texas schools vs. Bob Stoops
North Texas: 0-3
— Greg Tepper (@Tepper) June 8, 2017
Not only remember Bob Stoops as winningest coach in Oklahoma history but it will be because of how nice he always treated me! @OU_Football
— Barry Switzer (@Barry_Switzer) June 8, 2017
You took a chance on a skinny broke kid from a small city and let me flourish on the biggest stage. I'm forever grateful @OU_CoachStoops
— AARON COLVIN (@AColvin_22) June 7, 2017
OU Bob Stoops is 56, his father died of a heart attack at the age of 54. Have to believe that was a big part of his decision making process
— trey wingo (@wingoz) June 8, 2017
Shocking news regarding Bob Stoops-Talked w/ him earlier today & he seems at peace w/ his decision-Sooners in great hands w/ Lincoln Riley!
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) June 7, 2017
Texas/OU just won't be the same without Mack Brown and now Bob Stoops. With that being said, Texas really poised to have big year now.
— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) June 7, 2017
— Adam Gabrilowitz (@AdamGabrilowitz) June 8, 2017
— ESPN (@espn) June 7, 2017
Apparently Stoops is stepping down because of health concerns. I can only imagine how stressful it must be coaching at a big time division one football school like Oklahoma. Judging by the current and former players reactions to this news, I think it's safe to say that Stoops has left a long lasting impression on their lives. Stoops will not be stepping away completely from Oklahoma as he will remain as special assistant to the athletic director.