Oklahoma HC Bob Stoops announces retirement: 8/10 Disaster Rating
Wow, this came out of nowhere. In fact, this story is so unexpected that it prompted me to make a new page for it. Bob Stoops has officially retired after 18 years as the head coach of Oklahoma. Offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley will take over.
Stoops has gotten a ton of flak over the years for his failure to win in big games, and while that might be true, he's had Oklahoma playing at a highly competitive level throughout his tenure. He compiled a 190-48 record, including a national championship victory in 2000. By comparison, the Sooners were just 23-33-1 in the five years prior to Stoops' arrival. Granted, they had lots of success under Barry Switzer in the 1970s and 80s, but Stoops has been the best thing to happen to that program since Switzer left in 1988.
Well, maybe. It depends what happens. Stoops' announcement was so unexpected that something has to be up. Stoops was excited about the season recently, so something obviously changed in recent days. There might be a scandal coming out that could result in lost scholarships or forfeited wins, which the NCAA pretends is a real thing. I'm sure Stoops will cite health reasons, but as we've learned over the years, that's almost always B.S.
Either way, this has to screw up the Sooners' 2017 campaign. They won't be a bad team or anything, but I'd have to think the playoffs are out of the question. What really matters is if there are any long-term ramifications stemming from why Stoops suddenly decided to call it quits. Thus, it's tough to issue an exact Disaster Grade, but an 8/10 could be right. This could end up being a "9" or "10," so stay tuned for updates as news comes out.