Bob Stoops has reiterated that he is done with coaching and does not have any plans to return to the sideline.
After 18 seasons as head coach at Oklahoma, Bob Stoops stepped down in June and was replaced by former offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley. Since then, Stoops has made an appearance at Oklahoma’s game against Ohio State. In the crowd is probably the closest we can expect to see the 56-year-old to the field because it does not sound like he will return to coaching.
“I will say, regardless of what you might hear out there in the papers, if I intended again to coach that would have been part of my statement,” Stoops said, via NewsOK. “I would have said, ‘I’m stepping away here now for this time for myself, but when it comes to the next year or two, I look forward to getting back in it.’
“But that’s not what I said,” Stoops continued. “You won’t see me on a college sideline or a pro sideline. A lot of people act like they know, and there will be more than a few jobs out there. But that isn’t at all what I’m looking to do.”
Stoops had an enormous amount of success at Oklahoma, including a national championship and 10 Big 12 titles. With a 190-48 career coaching record, Stoops would certainly get plenty of phone calls should he make it known he’s ready to return to the sidelines. However, we may be holding our collective breaths a while waiting for that to happen.
Bob Stoops got a dose of reality on Saturday of where he stands now that he’s retired.
Stoops attended Oklahoma’s road game against Ohio State at the Horseshoe to watch his former team. He even was invited into ABC’s broadcast booth for an interview during the first half.
At one point analyst Kirk Herbstreit asked whether Stoops offers new coach Lincoln Riley advice with text messages or whatnot. Stoops then shared that he did try calling the coach before the game but didn’t get through.
“I did place a call earlier. My daughter and wife were laughing at me. Nobody answered on the other end,” Stoops said with a grin and chuckle.
Who knows Riley’s reason for not answering the call — maybe he didn’t even know he missed one — but it’s safe to say the coach had a few things on his mind. The game was only Riley’s second as Oklahoma’s head coach, and already he had to face Ohio State and one of the best coaches in the game in Urban Meyer. That’s not an easy task. Surely Stoops can understand that.
Bob Stoops’s sudden retirement as Oklahoma Sooners head football coach caught pretty much everyone by surprise — including his own brother.
Mark Stoops, who coaches the Kentucky Wildcats, said at SEC Media Day that even he had little advance warning of Bob’s decision.
“I had really no idea it was coming, but he called me and told me what was going to happen in the very near future,” Mark Stoops said, via Bryan Fischer of College Football Talk. “And it was a bit of a shock to me to be honest with you. I had to walk out of my office and walk around the practice field. And that’s where I had that conversation with him away from everybody. So I was shocked. Mixed emotions, I guess you would say from myself. Very proud of him, what he’s done, and very happy for him and Carol and his family, to be able to step away when he wants, how he wants. And that’s Bob.
“I think it was very important for him to walk away with a good football team with a chance to win his league and get in the playoffs and hand off a program that he took so much pride in building. So I have mixed emotions about it still, but proud of him and hope the very best for him.”
Bob Stoops’s retirement caught everyone off guard. The fact that his own brother didn’t see it coming tells you just how quietly the decision was made.
Before Bob Stoops got to Norman and turned Oklahoma back into a power, it was Barry Switzer who last had the Sooners contending every year. Switzer still has close ties to the program, and he sure did not see the news about Stoops coming.
Switzer channeled President Donald Trump when reacting to Wednesday’s shocking news that Stoops would be retiring.
Barry Switzer to #ESPN on Stoops' retirement: "To me, it's like you calling me and saying I've had dealings with Russia. Is this fake news?"
Switzer’s reaction is completely understandable. Who even saw this coming? Stoops is 56, has had tremendous success at Oklahoma, and his program is in a good position entering the season. Why would he suddenly decide to retire, just a few months before the season begins?
Who are the truly elite coaches in college football? Many coaches have an argument that they should be considered elite. Many have been successful in their careers, but a few go above and beyond, winning consistently no matter where they go. We have identified just who those coaches are.
With the 2017 season getting closer and closer, here is a list of the 10 best coaches in college football.
10) Tom Herman, Texas
One might argue that it’s too soon for Herman to appear on a list like this. After all, he has just two seasons as a head coach to his name, but he’s 22-4 in those two seasons, including a 13-1 inaugural season with the Houston Cougars. They slipped to 9-3 a season later, but even that year featured victories over two top-five teams at the time in Oklahoma and Louisville.
Though Houston lost a few surprising games during his tenure, Herman had them ready for the big ones. Herman’s Cougars never lost to an AP Top 25 opponent or a Power-5 foe, going 6-0 and 5-0 respectively. He parlayed his success into a move to Texas, where, by his own admission, he has his work cut out for him.
It may take time, but it’s hard to imagine him not being a success there.
Bob Stoops is not happy with backup quarterback Austin Kendall’s comments about the Ohio State defense.
Stoops said Monday that Kendall’s comments were “ridiculous” and will limit media access to his players going forward.
“I don’t know what [Kendall] could’ve been watching, to be quite honest with you,” Stoops said, via Jake Trotter of ESPN. “He must not have watched any tape, if he had that to say.”
Stoops even went as far to say that only older players would be allowed to speak to the media in light of Kendall’s comments.
“I’m not punishing anybody. I’m protecting my team,” Stoops said. “I don’t want information out there to other teams from guys that I can’t trust are going to say the right things. … It is ironic that it came from our people, if you can believe that. But they won’t be getting guys, either. I can only put people out there that are going to represent the program and say the right things.”
Kendall’s comments about Ohio State’s defense were controversial, and proven wrong when Baker Mayfield was picked off twice. It sounds like we won’t be hearing from him again anytime soon.
Stoops, who has more wins than any football coach in Sooners history, said several years ago that he knew the school had a statue constructed in his honor but that he did not want it to be dedicated until after he was done coaching. It’s unclear when that will be, but Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione made it clear that the Stoops statue should not have been strolling down the street for all to see.
“We are extremely disappointed in the lack of consideration, respect and care that was shown in delivering the statue to Norman,” Castiglione said in the statement, via Jason Kersey of The Oklahoman. “This was completely unnecessary. It certainly is not reflective of the way we feel about Bob or the respect we’ll show him when his extraordinary achievements are properly celebrated.”
If this guy can get a statue overseas, Stoops certainly deserves one at Oklahoma. But you can understand why he’d feel uncomfortable walking by a statue of himself every day. They could have thrown a tarp over it or something.
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops has always felt the need to compare the Big 12 conference to the SEC. Most people consider the SEC to be the best conference in college football, but Stoops has made arguments for the Big 12 in the past. He was back at it again on Wednesday, this time criticizing the SEC for the lack of defense within the conference this season.
Teams like Alabama and LSU have given the SEC a reputation for having tremendous defenses in the past. However, that has not been the case this year with quarterbacks emerging as the big story. Shootouts have become a common theme, as Stoops gladly pointed out.
“Just a few years ago, we had all the quarterbacks,” Stoops said, per Jason Kersey of The Oklahoman. “And now, all of a sudden, we can play a little better defense and some other people can’t play defense.
“Funny how people can’t play defense when they have pro-style quarterbacks over there, which we’ve had. They’re all playing in the NFL right now.”
Robert Griffin III, Ryan Tannehill and Brandon Weeden all played in the Big 12 two years ago. Stoops is arguing that when those NFL-caliber quarterbacks played in his conference teams were criticized for not being able to play defense. Now that future NFL quarterbacks like AJ McCarron, Johnny Manziel, Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger are lighting up the scoreboard in the SEC, no one is really saying the conference isn’t playing defense.
“I still don’t know how (Texas) A&M was third in the country in total offense and scoring offense playing all those SEC defenses. I have no idea how that happened,” Stoops added. “Oh, they got a quarterback. That’s right.”
You get the point. Stoops feels that high scoring was viewed as a weakness when it was happening in the Big 12 but is seen as a strength in the SEC. Does it really matter? Stoops seems to think so.