Oklahoma Sooners Still Favored to Win National Title Despite Bob Stoops' Retirement
The Oklahoma Sooners remain favorites to win the national title even if Bob Stoops retired recently. On Wednesday, Stoops, in a news conference, announced that he is leaving his post as Oklahoma's head coach, a job he held for almost two decades.
"Oklahoma remains at 15-1 to win the national championship in Las Vegas, after news of coach Bob Stoops' retirement. The Sooners' season-win total is listed at 10," ESPN's Dave Purdum wrote.
According to a separate report by ESPN, during Stoops' time talking to the media, he explained how great his 18-year head coaching stint was with the Sooners. He added that it is the right time for him to pass the responsibilities to his successor, Lincoln Riley.
It was also mentioned in the report that even if Stoops retired, he is staying in Oklahoma. The one-time national champion coach will be the special assistant to the athletic director.
Riley has a lot of work to do for the Sooners to be in championship shape and continue being successful. Stoops set the bar high for the 33-year-old who is now the youngest head coach in the FBS. Before being promoted, he was the team's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
In over 18 years manning the sidelines for Oklahoma, Stoops guided the Sooners to a national title (2000) and 10 Big 12 Conference championships. Because of his splendid performance, he garnered numerous head coaching awards.
Stoops had a great final season with Oklahoma. The Sooners finished with an 11-2 record, one of those victories include a 35-19 win over the Auburn Tigers in the Sugar Bowl.
The post-Stoops era for Oklahoma will officially begin in September. On the second day of that month, the Sooners open a new campaign. Their first test is a home stand taking on the UTEP Miners.
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