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. Complete timeline at www.NewsOK.com/Stoops
1997•Jan. 2: With Bob Stoops as defensive coordinator, Florida wins national championship.
1998• Dec. 1: Stoops introduced as OU head coach: "I'm not going to come in with a bunch of promises,” he says.
1999• 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...”
2000•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...”
2001• 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...”
2002• Jan. 1: Oklahoma dominates Arkansas 10-3 in the Cotton Bowl. "Just amazing. An all-around great performance...” •Jan. 7: Three days after the surprise retirement of Florida coach Steve Spurrier, Stoops decides to stay at Oklahoma. "I have never wavered on what a positive, strong program we have here...” •Nov. 30: Stoops suffer another stunning loss to Oklahoma State 38-28. "They just flat out beat us in so many ways. They outplayed us and outcoached us.”
2003• Jan. 1: OU plays in its first Rose Bowl, beating Washington State 34-14. •Oct. 11: No. 1 ranked Sooners dominate Texas again, beating the Longhorns 65-13. •Nov. 1: Stoops erases his bad Bedlam mojo as the Sooners, still ranked No. 1, smash Oklahoma State 52-9. •Dec. 6: OU is stunned 35-7 by Kansas State in the Big 12 Championship. "We were really just outplayed and outcoached in every part of the game.” •Dec. 13: Jason White becomes the fourth Sooner to win the Heisman.
2004• Jan. 4: OU's national title hopes end with a 21-14 loss to LSU in the Sugar Bowl, the first of Stoops' four BCS game losses. •Oct 9: For the first time in 281 games, Texas is shut out — 12-0 in the Red River game. •Oct. 30: Oklahoma State misses a last-second field goal as OU, ranked No. 2, wins 38-35. •Dec. 3: A year after tripping up in the Big 12 title game against Kansas State, OU clinches a spot in the national title game with a 42-3 win over Colorado.
2005• Jan. 4: For the second straight year, OU loses in the national championship game, getting blown out by USC 55-19. •Sept. 3: For just the second time as coach, Stoops loses a game at Owen Field, dropping the season opener 17-10 to TCU. •Dec. 29: After an up-and-down season, the Sooners give Stoops a 17-14 win over Oregon in the Holiday Bowl.
2006• Aug. 2: Two OU players, including Rhett Bomar, are kicked off the team after being paid for jobs they didn't perform at a Norman car dealer. •Sept. 16: In the most controversial game of the Stoops era, Oregon beats the Sooners 34-33 after a blown call gives Oregon the ball. "Frustrating, maddening, whatever you want to say.” •Dec. 2: Another Big 12 title for Stoops — this time 21-7 over Nebraska — gives OU a shot at the Fiesta Bowl.
2007• Jan. 1: In one of the greatest college football games ever, Stoops' Sooners are upset by Boise State 43-42 in a game which featured trick plays and comebacks by both teams. "They're a good team. I said that all along. They made plays. They play assured of themselves.” •Aug. 21: Stoops picks redshirt freshman Sam Bradford to be OU's starting quarterback •Nov. 24: OU earns a trip back to the Big 12 championship with a 49-17 win over OSU.
2008• Jan. 2: Stoops' bowl reputation takes another hit, losing 48-28 to West Virginia in the Fiesta Bowl. It is Stoops' fourth BCS bowl loss. "Obviously, I need to do things differently as a head coach.”
Bob Stoops during his introduction press conference. By DAVID MCDANIEL, The Oklahoman Archive