With speculation swirling, Bob Stoops addresses coaching future Justin K. Aller/Getty Images
MORGANTOWN, WV - NOVEMBER 19: Bob Stoops of the Oklahoma Sooners enters the field against the West Virginia Mountaineers on November 19, 2016 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Bob Stoops stepped down as head coach at Oklahoma back in June, and rumors have continued swirling that he’ll eventually return to the sidelines.

Here’s what he said on Monday, per SEC Country:

?I will say, regardless of what you might hear out there in the papers, if I intended again to coach that would have been part of my statement,? said Stoops, who retired in June after 18 seasons at Oklahoma. ?I would have said I?m stepping away here now for this time for myself but when it comes to the next year or two, I look forward to getting back in it.

?But that?s not what I said. You won?t see me on a college sideline or a pro sideline. A lot of people act like they know and there will be more than a few jobs out there. But that isn?t at all what I?m looking to do.?

Stoops? full statement after stepping down at Oklahoma can be seen below:

?After 18 years at the University of Oklahoma, I?ve decided to step down as the head football coach. 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. We have new state-of-the-art facilities and a great start on next year?s recruiting class. 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. Now is simply the ideal time for me and our program to make this transition.


?The Bible says, ?To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.? I?m grateful for this season of my life, and feel I?ve fulfilled my purpose here at OU as its head football coach.

?I?m thankful that my career at Oklahoma was marked with consistent leadership in President David Boren and Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione. It?s extremely rare in college athletics to have no change in these leadership positions over a nearly 20-year span. I always appreciated the way both of them supported me and our program. They both played an enormous role in all our successes.

?I have been very fortunate to have such outstanding coaches in my time at OU. Our players have always benefitted from their strong leadership, on and off the field. I was also blessed with a strong support staff ? strength and conditioning, equipment, sports medicine, academics, video ? every aspect of our program was staffed with very talented people who took a great deal of pride in making Oklahoma football the best.

?I?m especially thankful for being able to coach so many talented young men over my 18 years here. It has been so rewarding to see these players come to OU and mature over a four or five-year career, and not just on the field. To play a small part in their growth is what I will always cherish the most.
None of my success would have happened without the best fans in the country. I can?t tell you how much I appreciated the 110 consecutive home sellouts. The passion of our fan base is unmatched, and their support has played a huge role in not only home games, but road games and all 18 of our bowl games, as well.


?Lastly, I?d like to thank my wife, Carol, and my daughter, Mackie, and my sons, Drake and Isaac. They have been a major part of this success. Being the wife or child of a coach is often tough, and they?ve all been strong through both good times and challenging times.

?The coaching life is like a relay race and I?m thankful for my turn and am confident as I pass the baton. Carol and I intend on staying in Norman ? it is our home. I will be available to Coach Riley and the athletic department in any manner. Thank you all for a lifetime of memories we shared together of 10 conference championships, the 2000 national championship, strong relationships with players and coaches, and the great Oklahoma football fans. Boomer!?

Beyond that, Stoops reportedly referenced a potential job on the 13-member College Football Playoff crew as a ?great opportunity? and said the following about the possibility.

?I guess I would have to do a lot of visiting with people on what all the commitment would be, and what the expectations would be but it?d sure be worth listening.?

Stoops won a national championship in his 18 year career at Oklahoma, where he posted an absurd 190-48 overall record.

Prashad is the Senior Content Editor for Cox Media Group's He considers Muhammad Ali, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce some of the all-time greats. Boston is TitleTown, in case you were wondering.
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