By MIKE HOUCK, OU sports information
NORMAN — On June 7, 2017, Bob Stoops shocked the college football world when he retired as head coach of the Oklahoma Sooners. An 18-year run in Norman that produced a school-record 190 wins, 10 Big 12 titles, a national championship, 37 first-team All-Americans and two Heisman Trophy winners had come to an abrupt end.
That same day, 33-year-old Lincoln Riley, a man from the 5,000-person West Texas town of Muleshoe who had no head coaching experience, was promoted to OU’s top football post. Just like Stoops’ retirement, few could have predicted what would occur over the course of the next year.
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