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OU coach Bob Stoops retiring; Lincoln Riley taking over

Sources confirm Bob Stoops is stepping down as OU's coach with Lincoln Riley taking over.

Sources confirm to Sooners Illustrated that Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops is going to retire as OU’s coach effective immediately.

The news was first reported by NewsOK.com.

Offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley is going to become the head coach, sources said. It is not an interim label, sources said Riley will be the head coach and the program is in good hands.

Stoops, 56, has a career mark of 190-48 with a national championship and 10 Big 12 conference championships. He is the program’s winningest coach.

Riley, 33, has been OU’s offensive coordinator for the last two years and was given a three-year extension last month, making $1.3 million per season.

Sources have said Stoops stepping down is not related to health issues. Last year at Big 12 media days Stoops said he might coach 10 more years.

OU is coming off back-to-back Big 12 championships and has been pegged as a contender for the college football playoff for the 2017 season.

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