The two-year extension showed the administration was pleased with his work. It keeps Stoops under contract for eight more seasons.
“Anytime I look at Bob Stoops on our sideline surrounded by our student-athletes and coaches, I’m reminded of the truly exceptional coach he has become,” OU athletic director Joe Castiglione said in a statement. “Whether it’s his inspirational leadership, his passion for the game or consistently putting his team in the best position to be successful, his character and steely resolve continue to make him the right person to lead us to success in the future.
“Coach Stoops has become one of college football’s iconic figures yet he is a selfless man who remains focused on winning championships adding to our program’s great legacy. Against that backdrop he has also quietly embraced the role of serving others and encourages similar values amongst his players and staff. I am proud to have worked with him continuously for 15 years and excited we can extend our relationship with him.”
Stoops, who became OU’s 21st head coach when he was hired prior to the 1999 season, has gone 149-37 during the previous 14 seasons, claiming the 2000 national championship and eight Big 12 Conference titles.
In three more seasons, he can surpass Bud Wilkinson as the longest tenured coach in OU football history.
“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.”