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ICYMI: The BCSNN take on Bob Stoops retiring after 18 years of making OU great again. Stoops, a six-time Big 12 Coach of the Year and two-time National Coach of the Year victor, says that its the ideal time for him to hand over the reins.

Leach left after one year to become the head coach at Texas Tech, with Stoops promoting Mark Mangino to offensive coordinator for Oklahoma's undefeated 2000 season. Then why did Bob Stoops retire?

Lincoln Riley gets emotional at a news conference to announce the retirement of Oklahoma head football coach Bob Stoops and his announcement as new head coach, in Norman, Okla., Wednesday, June 7, 2017. "My health was not the deciding factor in this decision and I've had no incidents that would prevent me from coaching".

Riley had been connected to other head coaching opportunities in the past.

With the exception of Bill Snyder at Kansas State, who has coached the Wildcats in two separate stints for a total of 25 seasons, Stoops' 18 years on the Oklahoma sidelines was the longest at one school among active Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches.

Former Sooners cornerback Aaron Colvin, now with the Jacksonville Jaguars in the National Football League, took to Instagram to thank Stoops. His father, Ron Stoops Sr., was the long-time defensive coordinator of the Cardinal Mooney High School football team, where Bob attended.

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Younger brother Mike Stoops is Oklahoma's defensive coordinator.

OU football is where it is today because of Big Game Bob, and he set a precedent for years to come in college football. Carol and the three children are all special people and have been such a positive influence on him.

It wasn't Stoops' mantra as a coach that made him successful, he coached his way. Many in the restless fan base were frustrated that the Sooners hadn't won a national title since 2000, even though Stoops' teams played for three more national titles during his tenure.

After leaving Kansas State University, Stoops moved to the University of Florida for a brief period from 1996-1998.

Celebrity Net Worth estimates Bob Stoops' net worth at $18.0 million with an annual salary of $5.0 million, while another source reports his net worth at $12.0 million and salary at $3.0 million. In his first year there, the Oklahoma Sooners won seven games and advanced to their first bowl game since 1994. "Maybe the good fortune of the stars aligning for him being a person that we had attracted to the University of Oklahoma through Coach Stoops". Stoops' name is with OU coaching greats Bud Wilkinson and Barry Switzer, and he may have passed them.

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