Red River revival with Herman, Riley can turn around Big 12

Riley said that he's had a lot of mentors in his life, including former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, that have helped shape him, and he hopes to do the same for others.

Bob Stoops' surprising announcement Wednesday that he's retiring as Oklahoma coach after 18 seasons didn't affect the odds on the Sooners to win the 2018 college football national championship.

Over the course of the next 18 seasons, Stoops earned the nickname "Big Game Bob" for his ability to get his football team to marquee postseason matchups.

Stoops abruptly retires

But with Stoops' retirement, one interesting statistic now remains in college football, and that is that there are now just four active head coaches left in the sport who have won a national title.

Lincoln Riley isn't just ushering in a new era at Oklahoma, it's a new era for the Big 12 with no one in the league having been a head coach in a national championship or even playoff game before. His teams finished the season ranked in the Top 10 nine times in a span of 10 seasons en route to 17 consecutive bowl appearances.

"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. "I feel like I'm honestly living a dream right now". Oklahoma coach Bob Stoop. Stoops worked for Snyder at K-State as an assistant and then as defensive coordinator. The Sooners coach was a four-year starter and one-time All-Big Ten selection at defensive back at the University of Iowa.

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He went 190-48 (.798) at Oklahoma in his only college head-coaching job, giving him more victories than Sooners greats Barry Switzer (157) and Bud Wilkinson (145).

"Stoops" shortcomings in championship games and lack of another national title frustrated some fans. Last year, an 11-2 season concluded with a Sugar Bowl win over Auburn. "What he means to me as a brother and a coach is immeasurable".

Former Sooners cornerback Aaron Colvin, now with the Jacksonville Jaguars in the National Football League, took to Instagram to thank Stoops.

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"Bob truly represents what is good about college football and the success of his career speaks for itself", Mark Stoops said.

"I'm especially thankful for being able to coach so many talented young men over my 18 years here". It's hard to believe the last time we had a team in the "big game" was over seven years ago with Mack Brown's Texas Longhorns. A daughter attends Oklahoma and twin sons are seniors in high school and potential major college football players.

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