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Bob Stoops Comments On Lincoln Riley: Fans React

Dallas Renegades head coach Bob Stoops before his first XFL game.

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - FEBRUARY 09: Head coach Bob Stoops of the Dallas Renegades stands on the field during warm ups before the XFL game against the St. Louis Battlehawks on February 09, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Bob Stoops took time out of his appearance in front of the Oklahoma House of Representatives to address former OU head coach Lincoln Riley.

Riley worked under Stoops during the legendary coach's final two years at Oklahoma and then succeeded him in running the program. After five seasons, Riley abruptly left Norman to take over at USC last November.

His departure has not sat well with OU fans, but Stoops again tried to reassure the Sooner faithful on Monday, saying that Riley "didn't invent Oklahoma football" during his time on the House Floor.

There are two ways to look at this comment. Oklahoma supporters are largely backing Stoops and celebrating the fact he said this, while outsiders are begging the Sooner nation to let their beef with Riley go.

Whose opinion is right? Honestly, everybody's is. Riley didn't build the OU program from scratch and there's no reason the Sooners can't be successful after him under new head coach Brent Venables.

However, it's time to take a deep breath and stop dwelling on the past. Oklahoma fans have to fully move on from Riley and how his tenure ended.

The sooner, the better (no pun intended).