Well the offseason just got real interesting.
In the most shocking Oklahoma sports announcement since KD left for Golden State, Bob Stoops is retiring from OU, effective immediately. It was also announced that Offensive Coordinator Lincoln Riley will take over head coaching duties.
The news came with a social media frenzy. Let’s take a look at what fans from around the Big 12 had to say on twitter:
Calling up every OU recruit like pic.twitter.com/A19miu9hb0— Adam Lunt (@gopokes422) June 7, 2017
The retirement of your rival school's head coach could be a good way to swing recruits your way I suppose.
Gundy reacting to the news that Bob Stoops will retire: pic.twitter.com/meMZLOcJVk— Kyle Boone (@PFBoone) June 7, 2017
This video will never not be appropriate for any situation and I like to think this is exactly what Gundy was doing when he found out.
Tom Herman scared Bob Stoops out of coaching— Burnt Orange Nation (@BON_SBNation) June 7, 2017
Our friends over at Burnt Orange Nation are just as happy as we are and seem to think their new head coach had a hand in the decision.
I swear I'll fight the state of California if Bob Stoops joins the Golden State Warriors— Cale Backward (@CaleBackward5) June 7, 2017
Speaking of KD...
Shocking news out of Norman today https://t.co/wPJ1SUJVyj— Joel Penfield (@joeliopenfield) June 7, 2017
most can agree that news is unexpected.
"Punt it again, Bob."— Yves Batoba (@YBatoba) June 7, 2017
First words that came to mind when I heard Stoops is retiring. #Legacy
Ah yes thanks for that Bob Stoops, thanks for that.
We wish Bob Stoops luck as he heads to that Big Game in the Sky. We'll miss you, Bob.— Big 12 Refs (@Big12Refs) June 7, 2017
Oklahoma right now after Bob Stoops announced retirement #BobStoops pic.twitter.com/4SBvkIkb4P— Caroline Lee (@AMNewsEditor) June 7, 2017
This was literally everyone in the state.
Sorry OU fans, new head coach Lincoln Riley isn’t officially a man until he turns 40!
Lincoln Riley is 33. Seven more years before he's a man!— Southwell (@JustinSouthwell) June 7, 2017
Bob Stoops retires from Oklahoma with quite the track record.— Jeremy Kolok (@JeremyKolok) June 7, 2017
- 1 National Championship
- 10 Big 12 Titles
- 33 players arrested since 2010
Gotta take the good with the bad.
ESPN SEC Network would like to announce its newest analyst. pic.twitter.com/0rkPn64idd— Travis Burns (@TravisB06052015) June 7, 2017
I mean... he couldn’t be worse than Finebaum.
*Stoops retires*— Sumer Wensman (@SumSumFoSho) June 7, 2017
*Band plays Boomer Sooner*
That joke never gets old.
This is just gold:
The pressure of being at a softball school finally got to him. https://t.co/cuC99Lnml3— Cooper (@CooperJStanley) June 7, 2017
Bob Stoops coached 238 games at Oklahoma - and remarkably only lost consecutive games 3 times in 18 years— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) June 7, 2017
My heart goes out to Coach Stoops and his whole family! He has been nothing but good to the Gundy's and I hope nothing but the best for him.— Gavin Gundy (@GundyChild) June 7, 2017
My favorite Bob Stoops moment: assisting with the Moore tornado cleanup pic.twitter.com/uZMDCjvyUd— Jon Hamm (@JonMHamm) June 7, 2017
Rivalry, jokes (and Joe Mixon) aside, Stoops was a good man and a heck of a coach. Over the last nearly two decades he’s been a prominent fixture of the college football landscape. It will take a while to think about OU and not immediately think about Bob Stoops. And out of the utmost respect, I won’t be sorry not to see him on the opposing sideline next season.
Enjoy retirement Bob.