Retiring Bob Stoops: By The Numbers at Oklahoma
RankCoachWin %Team 4Barry Switzer83.7%Oklahoma 10Bud Wilkinson82.6%Oklahoma 12Percy Haughton81.7%Harvard 14Frank Thomas81.2%Alabama 22Nick Saban77.4%Alabama 5Tom Osborne83.6%Nebraska 2Frank Leahy86.4%Notre Dame On Wednesday afternoon, Berry Tramel dropped a bombshell on all of us: Bob Stoops, after 18 years in Norman, is retiring as the head coach at the University of Oklahoma. He’ll be replaced by 33-year-old offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley.“Big Game Bob” has been around the Big 12 seemingly forever, and whether you love him or hate him, there’s no question he’s owned the Big 12 unlike any coach has the last several decades. Let’s take a look at Bob Stoops’ career by the numbers.• 190-48 overall record. Stoops owns a 79.8% winning percentage over 238 games since 1999. Think about how hard that is to do! Per Sports Reference, that puts Stoops No. 17 in the history of Division 1 football coaches, ahead of the likes of Bear Bryant, Bo Schembechler, Woody Hayes, and for now, Nick Saban. 8Bob Neyland82.9%Tennessee 17Bob Stoops79.8%Oklahoma 13Jock Sutherland81.2%Pitt Fielding Yost83.3%Michigan 15Bob Devaney80.6%Nebraska 21Bo Schembechler77.5%Michigan 16George Woodruff80.3%Pennsylvania 23Andy Smith77.1%California 11Chris Petersen82.1%Boise State 25Wallace Wade76.5%Duke 1Knute Rockne88.1%Notre Dame 9Jim Tressel82.8%Ohio State 18Henry Williams78.5%Minnesota 6Charley Moran83.3%Centre 3Urban Meyer85.1%Florida 19Fred Folsom78.1%Colorado 24Fritz Crisler76.8%Michigan • 10 Big 12 Titles. This one is nuts. Oklahoma has won the Big 12 10 (!) times since the conference’s inception (and all since Bob Stoops became the head coach in 1999). The next closest is Texas, with three conference championships. The rest of the Big 12 combined has won at least a share of 13 conference titles, just three more than Stoops all on his own.With Bob Stoops as coach, Oklahoma won 10 conference titles. Over the same span, the rest of the Big 12 combined to win… 10.— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) June 7, 2017• 14 double digit win seasons in 18 seasons. Remarkable consistency.11 AP top 10 finishes in 18 seasons6 Big 12 Coach of the Year awards, including 2015 and 2016.14-4 against Oklahoma State (77% winning percentage)9-9 in bowl games, including 5-6 in the Sugar, Fiesta, Rose, Orange, or BCS championship games.1 very bad Bedlam decision.Overall, Bob Stoops goes down as the greatest Big 12 football coach to date (and maybe ever when the Big 12 is all said and done), and one of the most successful coaches of his era, leaving young Lincoln Riley with enormous shoes to fill in Norman.Love him or hate him, Stoops has been the definition of greatness in the Big 12 and his exit is a relief for Cowboy fans. 20Bear Bryant78.0%Alabama While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.