Red River revival with Herman, Riley can turn around Big 12

Red River revival with Herman, Riley can turn around Big 12

They have also faced each other many times as head coaches, starting in 2000 after Stoops took over at Oklahoma. He will be replaced by offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley. Mayfield and wide receiver Dede Westbrook finished third and fourth in Heisman Trophy voting, respectively, and Westbrook won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's outstanding receiver.

"Right person at the right time", Castiglione said. Stoops and his two brothers were all coached by their father at Mooney. A family line that includes the legendary Bud Wilkinson, credited as the head coach that put Oklahoma football in the national spotlight, and Barry Switzer, who won 157 games at Oklahoma in the "70s and '80s and, like Wilkinson, delivered three national championships".

Riley has massive shoes to fill.

Stoops was the longest-tenured active coach in major college football, taking the job at Oklahoma a day before Kirk Ferentz started at Iowa.

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Stoops went 10-3 against Snyder, but one of K-State's best victories came against Oklahoma in 2003 when the Wildcats upset the Sooners (undefeated and ranked No. 1 at the time) 35-7 in the Big 12 championship game at Arrowhead Stadium. The 38 year old was courted to be head coach at Minnesota, Arkansas and his alma mater Iowa before being named the successor to John Blake, a well-known recruiter who struggled with the Xs and Os. Then why did Bob Stoops retire? The list of reasons he gave explaining why Riley was prepared to take over was lengthy. "All the characteristics necessary to be a great leader and to be a successful head coach". I feel more grateful and appreciative and blessed that I had 18 1/2 years doing this with great people, a great fan base, an incredible, legendary school, that I got this opportunity.

Still, there will be an adjustment period since the Sooners had the same coach in place for 18 ½ years.

Younger brother Mike Stoops is Oklahoma's defensive coordinator.

"I really don't have a plan exactly what I'm going to do", he said. The passion of our fan base is unmatched, and their support has played a huge role in not only home games, but road games and all 18 of our bowl games, as well. He further continued that his health wasn't "the deciding factor in this decision" adding, "I've had no incidents that would prevent me from coaching". His second game will be at Ohio State. In 1995, he went on to become the assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator. I don't think he would have done it without being confident in Lincoln Riley.

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