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Stoops' route: Raising OU's program from post-John Blake to national champions and beyond

Compiled by Mike Koehler Published: August 17, 2008
Here is a look at Bob Stoops' tenure with Oklahoma. Stoops enters his 10th season as Sooner head coach. He was hired to replace John Blake in 1998 and has won a national championship and played for two others. All the quotes in this timeline are from Stoops.

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•Jan. 2: With Bob Stoops as defensive coordinator, Florida wins national championship.

Dec. 1: Stoops introduced as OU head coach: "I'm not going to come in with a bunch of promises,” he says.

Sept. 10: Stoops wins first game, 49-0 vs. Indiana State.

•Dec. 31: OU commits four turnovers and loses 27-25 to Mississippi in the Independence Bowl. "We made too many mistakes that cost us...”

•Oct. 6: Red River Rout: OU whips Texas 63-14. "I'm not totally surprised. We can get things going sometimes...”

•Oct. 27: Stoops' Sooners pound No. 1 Nebraska 31-14. "No one panicked...”

•Dec. 1: Sooners win Big 12 title game over K-State 27-24. "This win just describes our season...”

Jan. 2: OU wins its seventh national title, shutting down Florida State 13-2 in the Orange Bowl. "I think now it's easy to say that Oklahoma is officially back...”

•Oct. 27: OU's win streak stops at 20 games after a 20-10 loss to Nebraska.

•Nov. 24: In its most stunning loss of Stoops' tenure, OU is upset 16-13 by OSU. "Close doesn't matter...”

Jan. 1: Oklahoma dominates Arkansas 10-3 in the Cotton Bowl. "Just amazing. An all-around great performance...”


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Bob Stoops during his introduction press conference. By DAVID MCDANIEL, The Oklahoman Archive


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