The Oklahoma Sooners have enjoyed a great deal of success under the direction of Head Coach Bob Stoops. However, the time has come to pass the baton after 18 years — the longest tenured coach in all of college football. As news broke of the retirement, Dean Blevins jumped on twitter to confirm the report.

After five consecutive sub .500 seasons, OU brought in the young Bob Stoops. Quickly turning the program around, the head coach produced a 7-5 winning record. Building upon the progress, Stoops’ second year in Norman returned the Sooners to the national spotlight behind a National Championship victory.

Posting a 190-48 record over 18 seasons, it’s hard to say Stoops would not be missed on the field. Unfortunately, the time has come for a new era in Oklahoma Sooners Football.

As winds of change sweep over the plains, Lincoln Riley’s name has surfaced as the successor. The offensive coordinator has two years of experience directing the OU offense and remains a familiar face for recruits and fans alike. Continuing to show signs of improvement, Riley signed an extension through 2020 with the University of Oklahoma back in May of this year.

With a new title, will Riley maintain Stoops’ statement of, “When I accepted this job, I knew it wasn’t a stepping-stone job, where you do well here and get a better job.” One can only hope.

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