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Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops' 15th season puts OU on top

by Berry Tramel Modified: August 5, 2013 at 5:10 pm •  Published: August 5, 2013

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops waves to the crowd after the Red River Rivalry college football game between the University of Oklahoma (OU) and the University of Texas (UT) at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. Oklahoma won 63-21. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops waves to the crowd after the Red River Rivalry college football game between the University of Oklahoma (OU) and the University of Texas (UT) at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. Oklahoma won 63-21. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Bob Stoops is about to begin his 15th season as the OU football coach. Such longevity is rare these days – Stoops is No. 4 on the list in major college football among active coaches, trailing only Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer (27th year), Troy’s Larry Blakeney (23rd year) and Texas’ Mack Brown (16th year).

Stoops also ranks fourth on the OU list, behind Bennie Owen (22 years), Bud Wilkinson (17) and Barry Switzer (16).

That makes OU unique. No other major college has had four coaches with tenures of at least 15 years.

Coaching longevity is a good measurement of the quality of a job. Certainly not the only measurement. Geography. Finanical resources. Tradition. Lots of things go into making a job quality. But certainly coaching security is a major part of that.

Fifteen years is an arbitrary cutoff. You can go to 10, and interesting names top the list. Michigan has had six coaches with at least 10-year runs. But Texas Tech, Rutgers and Colorado have had five each. Interestingly, of that trio, none have had a coach with a run longer than 15 years.

Only four other schools have had at least three 15-year coaches: Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Penn State and Minnesota. Three historically-excellent jobs, plus Minnesota, which once was.

Here are all the major-conference schools, plus selected others, and how many 10-year coaches they have had:

Michigan 6: Fielding Yost 25 (1901-26), Bo Schembechler 21 (1969-89), Lloyd Carr 13 (1995-2007), Bennie Oosterbaan 11 (1948-58), Fritz Crisler 10 (1938-47), Bump Elliott 10 (1959-68).

Colorado 5: Fred Folsom 15 (1895-1915), Bill McCartney 13 (1982-94), Myron Witham 12 (1920-31), Dal Ward 11 (1948-58), Eddie Crowder 11 (1963-73).

Rutgers 5: Harvey Harman 14 (1938-55), John Bateman 13 (1960-72), Greg Schiano 11 (2001-11), Frank Burns 11 (1973-83), George Sanford 11 (1913-23).

Texas Tech 5: Spike Dykes 14 (1986-99), Pete Cawthon 11 (1930-40), Mike Leach 10 (2000-09), Dell Morgan 10 (1941-50), DeWitt Weaver 10 (1951-60).

Auburn 4: Shug Jordan 25 (1951-75), Mike Donahue 18 (1904-22), Pat Dye 12 (1981-92), Tommy Tuberville 10 (1999-2008).

California 4: Jeff Tedford 11 (2002-12), Pappy Waldorf 10 (1947-56), Stub Allison (1935-44), Andy Smith 10 (1916-25).

Georgia 4: Vince Dooley 25 (1964-88), Wally Butts 22 (1939-60), 12 Mark Richt (2001-12), Harry Mehre 10 (1928-37).

Michigan State 4: Duffy Daugherty 19 (1954-72), Charles Bachman 13 (1933-46), George Perles 12 (1983-94), Chester Brewer 10 (1903-1919).

Minnesota 4: Doc Williams 22 (1900-21), Murray Warmath 18 (1954-71), Bernie Bierman 16 (1932-50), Glen Mason 10 (1997-2006).

North Carolina 4: Bill Dooley 11 (1967-77), Dick Crum 10 (1978-87), Mack Brown 10 (1988-97), Carl Snavely (1934-52).

Ohio State 4: Woody Hayes 28 (1951-78), John Wilce 16 (1913-28), John Cooper 13 (1988-2000), Jim Tressel 10 (2001-10).

Oklahoma 4: Bennie Owen (1905-26), Bud Wilkinson 17 (1947-63), Barry Switzer 16 (1973-88), Bob Stoops 15 (1999-2013).

Oregon State 4: Lon Stiner 14 (1933-48), Mike Riley 13 (1997-2012), Dee Andros 11 (1965-75), Tommy Prothro 10 (1955-64).

Penn State 4: Joe Paterno 46 (1966-2011), Bob Higgins 19 (1930-48), Rip Engle 16 (1950-65), Hugo Bezdek 12 (1918-29).

Texas 4: Darrell Royal 20 (1957-76), Mack Brown 16 (1998-2013), Dana X. Bible 10 (1937-46), Fred Akers 10 (1977-86).

Arkansas 3: Frank Broyles 19 (1958-76), Fred Thomsen 13 (1929-41), 10 Houston Nutt (1998-2007).

Baylor 3: Grant Teaff 21 (1972-92), Morley Jennings 15 (1926-40), John Bridges 10 (1959-68).

Boston College 3: Tom O’Brien (1997-2006), Joe Yukica 10 (1968-77), Jack Bicknell Sr. 10 (1981-90).

Clemson 3: Frank Howard 30 (1940-69), Danny Ford 12 (1978-89), Tommy Bowden 10 (1999-2008).

Florida 3: Steve Spurrier 12 (1990-2001), George Woodruff 10 (1950-59), Ray Graves 10 (1960-69).

Georgia Tech 3: Bill Alexander 25 (1920-44), Bobby Dodd 22 (1945-66), John Heisman 16 (1904-1919).

Indiana 3: Bo McMilin 14 (1934-47), Bill Mallory 13 (1984-96), Lee Corso 10 (1973-82).

Maryland 3: Curley Byrd 24 (1911-34), Jerry Claiborne 10 (1972-81), Ralph Friedgen 10 (2001-10).

Missouri 3: Don Faurot 19 (1935-56), Dan Devine 13 (1958-70), Gary Pinkel 13 (2001-13).

Oregon 3: Rich Brooks 18 (1977-94), Len Casanova 16 (1951-66), Mike Bellotti 14 (1995-2008).

Southern Cal 3: Howard Jones 16 (1925-40), John McKay 16 (1960-75), John Robinson 12 (1976-97).

SMU 3: J. Ray Morrison 13 (1915-34), Matty Bell 12 (1935-49), Hayden Fry 11 (1962-72).

Syracuse 3: Ben Schwartzwalder 25 (1949-73), Paul Pasqualoni 14 (1991-2004), Dick MacPherson 10 (1981-90).

Tennessee 3: Bob Neyland 21 (1926-52), Phil Fulmer 17 (1992-2008), Johnny Majors 16 (1977-92).

Texas A&M 3: R.C. Slocum 14 (1989-2002), Homer Norton 14 (1934-47), Dana X. Bible 11 (1917-28).

TCU 3: Dutch Meyer 19 (1934-52), Abe Martin 14 (1953-66), Gary Patterson 14 (2000-13).

Virginia Tech 3: Frank Beamer 27 (1987-2012), Frank Moseley 10 (1951-60), Jerry Claiborne 10 (1961-70).

Washington 3: Jim Owens 18 (1957-74), Don James 18 (1975-92), Jimmy Phelan 12 (1930-41).

Wisconsin 3: Barry Alvarez 17 (1990-2012), Harry Stuhldreher 13 (1936-48), Milt Bruhn 11 (1956-66).

Alabama 2: Bear Bryant 25 (1958-82), Frank Thomas 15 (1931-46).

Arizona 2: Pop McKale 16 (1914-30), Dick Tomey 14 (1987-2000).

Duke 2: Wallace Wade 16 (1931-50),  Bill Murray 15 (1951-65).

Florida State 2: Bobby Bowden 34 (1976-2009), Bill Peterson 11 (1960-70).

Fresno State 2: Jim Sweeney 19 (1976-96), Pat Hill 15 (1997-2011).

Illinois 2: Bob Zuppke 29 (1913-41), Ray Eliot 18 (1942-59).

Iowa 2: Hayden Fry 20 (1979-98), Kirk Ferentz 15 (1999-2013).

Iowa State 2: Dan McCarney 12 (1995-2006), Clay Stapleton 10 (1958-67).

LSU 2: Charley McClendon 18 (1962-79), Bernie Moore 13 (1935-47).

Louisville 2: Frank Camp 23 (1946-68), Howard Schnellenberger 10 (1985-94).

Ole Miss 2: John Vaught 25 (1947-73), Billy Brewer 11 (1983-93).

Nebraska 2: Tom Osborne 25 (1973-1997), Bob Devaney 11 (1962-72).

Oklahoma State 2: Pat Jones 11 (1984-94), Jim Lookabaugh 11 (1939-49).

Pitt 2: Jock Sutherland 15 (1924-38), John Michelosen 11 (1955-65).

Purdue 2: Jack Mollenkopf 14 (1956-69), Joe Tiller 12 (1997-2008).

Southern Miss 2: Pie Vann 20 (1949-68), Jeff Bower 18 (1990-2007).

Tulsa 2: Dave Rader 12 (1988-99), Gus Henderson 11 (1925-35).

UCLA 2: Terry Donahue 20 (1976-95), Bill Spaulding 14 (1925-38).

Utah 2: Ike Armstrong 25 (1925-49), Ron McBride 13 (1990-2002).

Vanderbilt 2: Dan McGugin 30 (1904-34), Art Guepe 10 (1953-62).sdc

Wake Forest 2: Pea Head Walker 14 (1937-50), Jim Grobe 12 (2001-12).

Washington State 2: Babe Hollingbery 17 (1926-42), Mike Price 14 (1989-2002).

West Virginia 2: Don Nehlen 21 (1980-2000), Pappy Lewis 10 (1950-59).

Arizona State 1: Frank Kush 22 (1958-79).

Army 1: Red Blaik 18 (1941-58).

Brigham Young 1: LaVell Edwards 29 (1972-2000).

Cincinnati 1: Rick Minter 10 (1994-2003).

Houston 1: Bill Yeoman 25 (1962-86).

Kansas State 1: Bill Snyder 22 (1989-2012).

Miami 1: Andy Gustafson (1948-63).

Mississippi State 1: Jackie Sherrill 13 (1991-2003).

North Carolina State 1: Earle Edwards (1954-70).

Northwestern 1: Pappy Waldorf 12 (1935-46).

South Carolina 1: Rex Enright 15 (1938-55).

Virginia 1: George Welsh 19 (1982-2000).

Kansas 0: none.

Kentucky 0: none.

Navy 0: None.

Stanford: 0. None.


by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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