The winningest coach in Oklahoma history, Bob Stoops and the Sooners have become synonymous with success as he has firmly etched his indelible stamp upon college football.
Quantifying the lasting impact that Stoops has made on Oklahoma is the easy part. No head coach in the Sooners’ illustrious history has produced more victories than Stoops (179), who surpassed Barry Switzer in 2013. That OU coaching lineage of 100-game winners also includes the iconic Bud Wilkinson and Bennie Owen.
Stoops, the longest-tenured FBS head coach (hired on Dec. 1, 1998, he has Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz beat by one day), has led the Sooners to a school-record 17 consecutive bowl berths and nine Big 12 titles. He has guided the program to eight or more victories each of the past 16 seasons, the longest active streak of any FBS head coach. Even though he didn’t arrive in Norman until the Big 12 was three years old, the Youngstown, Ohio, native has already coached the program to three times as many championships (nine) as the next closest school in the league.