Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops abruptly retires after 18 seasons


NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Bob Stoops has retired as Oklahoma’s football coach after 18 seasons that included the 2000 national championship and 10 Big 12 Conference titles.

Stoops said the time was right to conclude his run in charge of the Sooners. Stoops, 56, is a sure bet for the Hall of Fame.

Oklahoma University officials said offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley, 33, was being promoted to head coach, making him the youngest head coach in the Bowl Subdivision.

Stoops was the longest-tenured active coach in major college football. In 18 seasons with the Sooners, Stoops was 190-48.