Honestly, I was sitting at Hideaway having a business luncheon with Zach Lancaster when he received an email from our listener "Tim the Mailman" who said that a high school coach friend of his had told him Bob Stoops was going to retire. I made a few phone calls and discovered their might be legs to the story. Imagine the shock of my friends Randy Heitz and Colby Daniels at The Franchise radio station when I called and told them to keep their eyes and ears open on the story. I earned an immense amount of street cred with those phone calls.
What does this mean for Oklahoma State?
It means that Mike Gundy will be facing a different coaching adversary this fall on Nov. 4 in the Bedlam game when he has his first contest coaching against Lincoln Riley. Gundy is now the "dean" of Big 12 coaches going into his 13th consecutive season. Bill Snyder has been at K-State longer but his stint was interrupted by a three-year retirement from 2005 through 2007. Gundy is now the winningest active college football head coach in the state of Oklahoma.
It will be interesting to see how the dichotomy of the match-up in Bedlam changes with the coaching change. It will change and there is no doubt that Bob Stoops had an immense confidence in facing Oklahoma State. It didn't happen with Les Miles, but Stoops had enjoyed success as Gundy was building up the Cowboy program. Gundy had this initial thought on Stoops retirement.
"I spent a lot of time with him at Phoenix (Big 12 Coaches Meetings and Fiesta Bowl gathering) out by the pool and talking," Gundy said. "I knew he wasn't going to do this forever. He has a really tough job. He has good players but always off the chart expectations from about everybody involved with that school. He's done a good job but you can tell it has taken a toll on him. It does. He's had some skin cancer, a knee replacement, and a hip replacement. He has his two sons that are seniors and maybe he wants to spend more time with them and watching them play.
"I did not know he was going to do this now. I was a little taken back by it like everybody," Gundy added.
Stoops won 190-48 overall record and is third all-time in win percentage at OU with .798. In 18 seasons he went to an OU consecutive school best 18 bowl games. His record is 101-9 in home games. He has produced 37 1st-team All-Americans and 79 NFL Draft picks. He's a helluva coach.