It’s been a week since, Oklahoma long-time head coach, Bob Stoops, announced his retirement. Stoops led the Sooner football program for 18 seasons—where he won a national title in 2000. He built Oklahoma into a powerhouse program during his tenure. As the winning coach in the history of Oklahoma, one the most storied program, his announcement of retirement was stunning.
The dust is settling in the wake of Stoops’ retirement, OU has named their new head football coach, Lincoln Riley. Riley is the former offensive coordinator for the Sooners. At 33, Lincoln Riley will be of the youngest head coaches in FBS.
Riley recently signed a three-year contract extension to be the offensive coordinator for the Sooners. At the time, it was unknown to the college football world he would be the next head football coach for Oklahoma.
“This guy intends to be here a long time,” Stoops said recently, “and we’re going to do all we can to make sure that he does [stay.]”
Riley was hired by Stoops in 2015, OU made the College Football Playoff that season and Riley won the Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach.
Last year, his top receiver, Dede Westbrook, won the Biletnikoff Award and OU quarterback, Baker Mayfield, finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting. Mayfield will return this season, which does help ease the transition after Stoops’ retirement.
So, is Lincoln Riley ready to lead OU?
We will find out on Sept 9, when Oklahoma visits Ohio State. Or we will find out during the upcoming college football season.