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Team: Oklahoma Sooners
Age / DOB:  (56) / 9/9/1960

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Former Oklahoma HC Bob Stoops said in a radio interview with 1300 AM The Zone, "It’s not my intention to coach again."
Stoops abruptly retired on Wednesday after spending 18 seasons as head coach of the Sooners. He is expected to move into a role as special assistant to AD Joe Castiglione. While he said in his interview that he had no current plans to coach again, he did at least somewhat keep the option open, saying, "We'll see what comes." When asked whether he would be interested in entering broadcasting, Stoops offered a "maybe." Jun 9 - 4:13 PM

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Former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops reiterated that health was not a factor in his decision to retire.

"After 18 years at the University of Oklahoma, I've decided to step down as the head football coach," Stoops said. "I understand there has been some speculation about my health. My health was not the deciding factor in this decision and I've had no incidents that would prevent me from coaching. I feel the timing is perfect to hand over the reins. The program is in tremendous shape. We have outstanding players and coaches and are poised to make another run at a Big 12 and national championship." The 56-year-old will transition into a special assistant role to AD Joe Castiglione. Meanwhile, OC Lincoln Riley was named Stoops' successor. "The time is now because Lincoln Riley will provide a seamless transition as the new head coach, capitalizing on an excellent staff that is already in place and providing familiarity and confidence for our players," Stoops said.
Jun 7 - 5:21 PM

Oklahoma HC Bob Stoops will retire effective immediately, according to ESPN's Mark Schlabach.

This is a stunner. Stoops will remain with OU in some capacity. He isn't stepping down because of his health, according to WWLS Radio. Across 18 seasons with the Sooners, Stoops won the 2000 national championship and 10 Big 12 titles. He had double-digit victories in 14 seasons. The 56-year-old is the winningest coach in Oklahoma history with a 190-48 record (121-29 in Big 12 play). A four-year starter at Iowa and later an ace defensive coordinator at Florida, Stoops' coaching tree includes Mike Leach (Washington State), Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M), Bo Pelini (Youngstown State) and Jay Norvell (Nevada).
Source: ESPN
Jun 7 - 3:40 PM

The Big 12 championship game will be played at Jerry's World in Arlington, Texas, beginning in 2017.

AT&T Stadium will host the freshly birthed title game from 2017-2021. Kansas City and San Antonio were two other host cities being seriously considered but ultimately falling to the wayside. In a statement, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said, "The building is a state of the art facility and offers many amenities that will be enjoyed by our institutions and fans." The Big 12 opted to implement a title game over the summer. Come 2017, the top two teams in the conference by record will do battle down in Texas for conference title rights. There had been talk of perhaps splitting the conference into divisions, but that did not come to pass.
Source: ESPN.com
Fri, Nov 18, 2016 12:09:00 PM

The Big 12 championship game will pit the first- and second-place teams in the conference against each other, rather than utilize divisions.

Expansion plans might have been scuttled this month, but Big 12 designs on a title game remain in place, with the championship contest set to begin after the 2017 regular season. "The guaranteed No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup will be a great game for our fans," said commissioner Bob Bowlsby in a statement, "and it's hard to imagine a stronger position for a conference champion." Should two teams finish the regular season tied in terms of total wins, head-to-head play will serve as the tiebreaker to determine who will reach that title game. ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports that Arlington, Texas, currently stands as the "prohibitive favorite" to host next year's contest.
Source: ESPN.com
Fri, Oct 28, 2016 12:55:00 PM

Oklahoma HC Bob Stoops vehemently defended DC Mike Stoops after the Sooners surrendered 59 points to Texas Tech in Saturday's win.

"It's the same coordinator that also we led the league in every defensive category a year ago, and made it to the final four," Stoops said. "We're not running a new defense. He didn't bring in something different. It's the same defense." A few dreadful defensive stats to feast your eyes upon in regards to the Sooners -- they rank last in the Big 12 in pass defense (413.2 passing yards per game), eighth in the Big 12 in points allowed during conference play (40.5 points) and ninth in the Big 12 in total defense (532 total yards allowed on average). "We have faith in our guys. We're going to coach them to be better and we believe they will be better," Stops said. A soft match-up with Kansas awaits this coming weekend.
Tue, Oct 25, 2016 12:11:00 PM

ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports that rather than settling on an outright unanimous decision, Big 12 programs agreed to a non-expansion course once it was clear that a supermajority could not be reached.

An anonymous source told McMurphy, ""When presidents get in a room and read the tea leaves that it's going the way it's going, they go with it," adding that "[e]ven if there were 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 [schools in favor of expansion], those presidents are very skilled in seeing the inevitability of the outcome and aligning on the right side of history." While the conference is putting on a united front, the decision has received scorn from some corners. Texas governor Greg Abbott, for instance, wrote on social media that the Big 12 owes an apology for the way they handled the decision. He also wrote that they "shanked their future."
Source: ESPN.com
Tue, Oct 18, 2016 06:01:00 PM

Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel reports that the Big 12 has decided not to expand.

The Big 12 held a meeting of the Board of Directors on Monday and there will be a press conference later to officially announce their plans (or lack thereof). When commissioner Bob Bowlsby initially announced that the conference planned on expanding back in late July, there seemed to be a groundswell of momentum toward it actually happening, with Houston, BYU, Cincinnati and a host of others all hoping to gain entry. Opposition has emerged in the interim, though. One vocal opponent, FOX Sports president Eric Shanks, who went so far as to say that adding more teams would be "dilutive to the product in the short term" and "probably harmful to the future of the conference" in the long term. Whether Bowlsby and friends plan on trying this whole experiment again in the offseason remains to be seen.
Mon, Oct 17, 2016 03:46:00 PM

FOX Sports president Eric Shanks indicated that he is not in favor of any plan that would have the Big 12 expanding.

"We don’t think expansion in the Big 12 is a good idea for the conference," Shanks said. "We think it will be dilutive to the product in the short term. In the long term, it’s probably harmful to the future of the conference." After announcing plans for expansion in July, the Big 12 has been slow to move and it is looking increasingly less likely that anything will actually get done here. SI's Pete Thamel reported on Friday that the "most likely outcome" is for the conference to stand pat. The Big 12's Board of Directors is meeting on Monday, with a press conference to follow.
Mon, Oct 17, 2016 12:54:00 PM

Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel reports that "the [Big 12]’s most likely outcome is not expanding."

Earlier this week, the Dallas Morning News' Chuck Carlton pegged the odds of expansion at 1-in-3. If Thamel's report is accurate, those odds might be generous. The SI reporter writes that "[m]ultiple sources indicated there have been discussions with the Big 12’s TV partners to pay the league not to expand." A meeting of conference presidents will take place on Sunday and Monday, with a press conference scheduled for 6:00 EST on Monday to announce the fate of any potential expansion.
Fri, Oct 14, 2016 09:23:00 PM

The Dallas Morning News' Chuck Carlton reports that "[Big 12] expansion has gone from likelihood about six weeks ago to maybe a 1-in-3 chance."

The Big 12 will be holding a board of directors meeting on Monday, with a press conference to follow. Per Carlton, "[P]retty much all the options are on the table, including the possibility of football-only membership with Houston and BYU the most likely members." Expansion looked like a near-certainty over the summer, but there have been recent rumblings that the conference might opt not to move off their current 10-team membership. This should all clarify come Monday.
Thu, Oct 13, 2016 12:32:00 PM

Oklahoma HC Bob Stoops is shutting off the media availability for some of his players due to comments made by freshman QB Austin Kendall prior to Saturday's Ohio State showdown.

Kendall called Ohio State's defense "basic" and predicted that Baker Mayfield would "light them up." That did not come to pass, of course, as Mayfield and the Sooners managed just 24 points in the blowout loss. Stoops is trying to prevent the bulletin board material. With two losses on the ledger, Oklahoma will have to hope for multiple dominoes to fall -- while running the slate in their final nine games -- if they want a shot at returning to the Playoff.
Mon, Sep 19, 2016 03:20:00 PM

No Big 12 teams reside in the top 15 of the latest AP Top 25 poll.

Baylor did manage to rise several spots, jumping from No. 21 to No. 16, but that is as high as the Big 12 reaches in this week's poll. Texas dropped from No. 11 to No. 21 with their loss to Michigan State while Oklahoma nearly tumbled out of the poll completely following their blowout defeat at the hands of Ohio State. They are clinging on at No. 25 after opening the season rubbing shoulders with the likes of Alabama and Clemson.
Mon, Sep 19, 2016 12:54:00 PM

Oklahoma president David Boren indicated that Big 12 expansion shouldn't be considered a given.

"I wouldn’t take expansion as a given. I wouldn’t take it as a sure thing," Boren said following a meeting of the board of regents. He is actually in favor of expansion, so these comments aren't being given a spin of bias. The Big 12 has been narrowing its contenders down over the past month-and-a-half, with Houston, Cincinnati, BYU, UConn, UCF and USF all reportedly still in the mix to join the conference. Assuming anybody joins the conference.
Thu, Sep 15, 2016 12:57:00 PM

ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports that Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby will hold video conferences regarding expansion with 17 teams.

McMurphy relays that the general lean at this time is that the conference won't expand to 14 teams. According to the Worldwide Leader's report, "The most likely scenario is that the Big 12 will stay at 10 teams or only add two schools for a 12-team league with two six-team divisions." Among the teams expected to make presentations to Bowlsby, Cincinnati, Houston, BYU, South Florida, UCF, UConn, Memphis, Colorado State, Boise State, Tulane, Temple, East Carolina, SMU, New Mexico and Northern Illinois.
Source: ESPN.com
Fri, Aug 12, 2016 12:32:00 PM