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Retiring Bob Stoops: By The Numbers at Oklahoma

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On Wednesday afternoon, Berry Tramel dropped a bombshell on all of us: Bob Stoops, after 18 years in Norman, is retiring as the head coach at the University of Oklahoma. He’ll be replaced by 33-year-old offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley.

“Big Game Bob” has been around the Big 12 seemingly forever, and whether you love him or hate him, there’s no question he’s owned the Big 12 unlike any coach has the last several decades. Let’s take a look at Bob Stoops’ career by the numbers.

190-48 overall record. Stoops owns a 79.8% winning percentage over 238 games since 1999. Think about how hard that is to do! Per Sports Reference, that puts Stoops No. 17 in the history of Division 1 football coaches, ahead of the likes of Bear Bryant, Bo Schembechler, Woody Hayes, and for now, Nick Saban.

Rank Coach Win % Team
1 Knute Rockne 88.1% Notre Dame
2 Frank Leahy 86.4% Notre Dame
3 Urban Meyer 85.1% Florida
4 Barry Switzer 83.7% Oklahoma
5 Tom Osborne 83.6% Nebraska
6 Charley Moran 83.3% Centre
Fielding Yost 83.3% Michigan
8 Bob Neyland 82.9% Tennessee
9 Jim Tressel 82.8% Ohio State
10 Bud Wilkinson 82.6% Oklahoma
11 Chris Petersen 82.1% Boise State
12 Percy Haughton 81.7% Harvard
13 Jock Sutherland 81.2% Pitt
14 Frank Thomas 81.2% Alabama
15 Bob Devaney 80.6% Nebraska
16 George Woodruff 80.3% Pennsylvania
17 Bob Stoops 79.8% Oklahoma
18 Henry Williams 78.5% Minnesota
19 Fred Folsom 78.1% Colorado
20 Bear Bryant 78.0% Alabama
21 Bo Schembechler 77.5% Michigan
22 Nick Saban 77.4% Alabama
23 Andy Smith 77.1% California
24 Fritz Crisler 76.8% Michigan
25 Wallace Wade 76.5% Duke

10 Big 12 Titles. This one is nuts. Oklahoma has won the Big 12 10 (!) times since the conference’s inception (and all since Bob Stoops became the head coach in 1999). The next closest is Texas, with three conference championships. The rest of the Big 12 combined has won at least a share of 13 conference titles, just three more than Stoops all on his own.

14 double digit win seasons in 18 seasons. Remarkable consistency.

11 AP top 10 finishes in 18 seasons

6 Big 12 Coach of the Year awards, including 2015 and 2016.

14-4 against Oklahoma State (77% winning percentage)

9-9 in bowl games, including 5-6 in the Sugar, Fiesta, Rose, Orange, or BCS championship games.

1 very bad Bedlam decision.

Overall, Bob Stoops goes down as the greatest Big 12 football coach to date (and maybe ever when the Big 12 is all said and done), and one of the most successful coaches of his era, leaving young Lincoln Riley with enormous shoes to fill in Norman.

Love him or hate him, Stoops has been the definition of greatness in the Big 12 and his exit is a relief for Cowboy fans.

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