There are plenty of Oklahoma fans still sour over their Sooners’ blowout loss to Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl, but the school’s athletic department cannot afford to be quite so short-sighted. Instead, by looking into the past, president David L. Boren feels confident enough to sign coach Bob Stoops to a long-term contract extension.
According to CBS Sports, the new deal will keep Stoops in Norman through the 2020 season.
“We took this action to express the University’s deep appreciation for Bob Stoops’ work,” said Boren. “In my opinion, he ranks among the very best nationally in the way he combines his ability as a coach with high ethical standards. I greatly value and enjoy my association with Bob and feel extremely fortunate that at the University of Oklahoma we have the longest continuous tenure of the current head football coach, athletics director and president.”
Stoops will be kicking off his 15th season as the Sooners’ head coach when Oklahoma opens the 2013 season with a home showdown against Louisiana-Monroe. In that time, he has led the program to eight Big 12 championships as well as the 2000 national title. He boasts a 149-37 record overall and he has only dropped five games at home in that entire time.
At the moment, he is the third-longest tenured coach in Oklahoma history, behind only Bud Wilkinson (17 seasons) and Barry Switzer (16 seasons).
By the time his new deal is all wrapped up, he will hold that distinction with 22 seasons under his belt. Obviously, he was pretty pleased with the new deal.
“I appreciate the University’s commitment to our program and me,” Stoops said. “Most coaches dream of working in the kind of situation that exists at Oklahoma, especially with leaders like President Boren and Joe Castiglione. We’re proud of what we have accomplished to this point and look forward to achieving a lot more.”
Oklahoma fans are looking forward to the exact same thing.
[H/T: Players View]