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Bob Stoops retires at Oklahoma, Lincoln Riley taking over as Sooners head coach

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In case you somehow missed the gigantic shockwave that Bruce Feldman just sent across the college football landscape with a single tweet, Oklahoma Sooners head coach Bob Stoops is retiring effective immediately.

Stoops served as the Sooners head coach for 18 years, winning the Big 12 Conference Championship in 10 of those seasons and the BCS National Championship in 2000. Lincoln Riley will replace Stoops as the head coach, after serving as the Sooners’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach since 2015.

Stoops’ retirement makes TCU’s Gary Patterson the current longest tenured coach in the Big 12 Conference, not including Kansas State’s Bill Snyder who returned to coaching in 2009 after a four year retirement. West Virginia’s Dana Holgorsen now moves up to fourth on that list, behind Mike Gundy and Snyder.