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Bob Stoops retires after 18 seasons at OU

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Bob Stoops has announced he is retiring as head coach of the University of Oklahoma's football program.

Stoops, a six-time Big 12 Coach of the Year and 2000 AP Coach of the Year, is set to make the announcement to his team on Wednesday.

The 10-time Big 12 Championship and 2000 National Championship winning coach will leave as the winningest coach in OU Sooner history with 190 wins.

In a statement released by the university, Stoops touched on his reasons for leaving at this time.

“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."

Offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley is set to take over as head coach according to reports.

A press conference has been scheduled for 5:30 Wednesday afternoon. 7News will carry the press conference live on our Facebook page, and the 7News app.

Stay with 7News for updates as this story develops.

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