Bob Stoops Retires As Head Coach Of Oklahoma Football

Ford Springer | Contributor

University of Oklahoma head football coach Bob Stoops is retiring after coaching 18 seasons for the Sooners.

Stoops is the longest-tenured head coach in all of college football, but announced Wednesday that he would be retiring from the role, ESPN reports.

Head coach Bob Stoops of the Oklahoma Sooners celebrates after defeating the Auburn Tigers 35-10 during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 2, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

The 57-year-old coach, who has been leading the team since 1999, is the winningest coach in school history with an overall record of 190-48. Stoops’ Sooners teams have gone 121-29 in the Big 12 and have earned a spot in a bowl game in every one of his 18 seasons at the helm.

Oklahoma won 10 Big 12 titles during his tenure and also won a national championship just a year after he became head coach in the year 2000. (RELATED: Clay Travis: Bob Stoops Should Be Fired Over Assault Video)

“When I accepted this job, I knew it wasn’t a stepping-stone job, where you do well here and get a better job,” the coach told ESPN just last year. “I thought all along this was the best job.”

Stoops will retire as a highly-acclaimed coach in the college football community despite his handling of former OU standout Joe Mixon who brutally hit a woman, but remained on the field for the Sooners.

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