By John Shinn
The Norman Transcript
NORMAN — Oklahoma announced Thursday Bob Stoops will receive a contract extension throughout the 2020 season.
Financial terms of the deal were not released. The contract is subject to approval by the OU Board of Regents at its September meeting.
“We took this action to express the University’s deep appreciation for Bob Stoops’ work,” OU President David Boren said in a statement. “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.
“The progress made in our football program since Bob took the helm in 1999 is remarkable. He has truly revived one of the great college football traditions, while adding his own enhancements, and elevating the profile and competition in the Big 12 Conference. As president, it is particularly meaningful to me that we have a coach who has accomplished so much and with such high personal integrity. His strong character represents the best of the values of our university. I’m always proud when he represents the University of Oklahoma to the nation.”
Stoops still has five years and $25.4 million remaining on his current contract, which runs through 2018. He’s slated to make $4.55 million this season and $4.95 million next season. His current contract is set to pay $5.15 million per season over the deal’s final three years.
Stoops, who will begin his 15th season at OU next month and is nine wins shy of becoming the winningest coach in the program’s history, said Tuesday at Big 12 Conference Media Days that he still felt appreciated by OU administration and fans, but admitted that he couldn’t keep everyone happy.
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.”