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Why Bob Stoops Is Retiring As Oklahoma's Head Coach

The Oklahoma head coach is retiring, per multiple reports.

Bob Stoops is done as Oklahoma's football coach.

The national champion-winning head coach is retiring at the age of 56, according to multiple reports.

Taking his place on the sideline will be Lincoln Riley, the Sooners' rising star of an offensive coordinator who's becoming a head coach at the age of 33.

Why now for Stoops?

It's reportedly not health-related, which is great to hear.

Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman reports that Stoops told him he's just ready to move on with his life.

Feldman also reports that Oklahoma has been "grooming" Riley for this role for a year-plus.

From Feldman:

Riley has passed on several FBS head coaching opportunities in recent years, including at Purdue, USF, Cincinnati and Houston. OU brass has been grooming him for this opportunity for over a year. Last fall, OU began working on an unprecedented three-year deal for an assistant.

Stoops, a Youngstown, Ohio native, had been Oklahoma's head coach since 1999, winning the national title his second season. He's won 10 Big 12 championships.

College football will miss him greatly.