Passing the Torch Wednesday, JUne 7, 2017 was an historic day for oklahoma football.

Stepping aside

After an illustrious 18-year career as head coach at OU, Bob Stoops stepped aside, paving the way for Lincoln Riley to take over the reins of the Sooners.

huge news

As evidenced by the media contingent on hand and attention on Norman Wednesday, it was certainly a big news day not only in Oklahoma, but nationwide.

"I feel the timing is perfect to hand over the reins. The program is in tremendous shape." - Bob Stoops

stoops bids Farewell

"I'm grateful for this season of my life, and feel I've fulfilled my purpose here at OU as its head football coach."

"The next GREAT football coach at the University of Oklahoma, Lincoln Riley." - OU President David Boren

our new coach

Humble, yet confident and charismatic, Lincoln Riley addressed the media for the first time as head coach of the Sooners.

"I'm sincerely honored to be given this opportunity to be the head football coach at the University of Oklahoma." - Lincoln Riley

at peace with his decision

Throughout the news conference, it was clear Stoops' decision was well thought out and he was excited about the next chapter in his life.

190-48 career record. 2000 national championship. 10 Big 12 titles. Countless lives touched in and away from the game along the way. #ThanksBob!!!

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Photos courtesy: Ty Russell


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