NORMAN — The contract of Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops has been extended through the 2020 season, the school announced Thursday.
“We took this action to express the University’s deep appreciation for Bob Stoops’ work,” OU president David Boren said in a release. “In my opinion, he ranks among the very best nationally in the way he combines his ability to coach with high ethical standards.”
The action must be approved by the OU Board of Regents in their meetings Sept. 18-19 in Tulsa and Claremore.
Terms of the new deal were not disclosed. The deal was last extended in September 2011, when a new seven-year deal worth $34.5 million before bonuses was agreed upon. Stoops is to earn $4.55 million this year.
When he arrived in Norman, Oklahoma hadn’t been to a bowl game in four years and hadn’t been to more than two bowl games in a row since a five-year streak ended in 1988, Barry Switzer’s last season at the helm.
“When I took this job, I felt in my heart and knew this isn’t a stepping-stone job,” Stoops said. “This isn’t a job you get and do well to go to another good job. I think I’ve proven that through a bunch of opportunities, that this is a great job and we’ve done it pretty well and it’s worked out for a good period of time.”
In 14 seasons, Stoops’ teams have gone 149-37, winning eight Big 12 titles, the 2000 BCS National Championship and going to a bowl every season.
“The progress made in our football program since Bob took the helm in 1999 is remarkable,” Boren said. “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.”
Stoops is one of four Sooners football coaches to win 100 games and is eight games behind Barry Switzer as the all-time school leader in wins. Stoops is 99-23 in conference games and 81-5 in Norman.
“I appreciate the University’s commitment to our program and me,” Stoops said in the release. “Most coaches dream of working in the kind of situation that exists at Oklahoma, especially with leaders like President Boren and (athletic director) Joe Castiglione. We’re proud of what we have accomplished to this point and look forward to achieving a lot more.”