Bob Stoops: Lincoln Riley ‘didn’t invent’ Oklahoma football

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Like Oklahoma football is entering a new era this year after coach Lincoln Riley left for USC, former Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops wants to make sure the team’s fans don’t worry not about the Sooners’ future.

Stoops was honored Tuesday in the Oklahoma House of Representatives as part of the University of Oklahoma Day of Celebration due to his 18 years as a head coach and “a career at service to the Oklahoma community and success with the OU Football program”.

In his speech to the Oklahoma House of Representatives, Stoops said a clear message about his former offensive coordinator.

“Lincoln Riley didn’t invent OU football,” Stoops said.

The comment earned a round of applause from his audience.

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Brent Venables, who also worked under Stoops as an assistant, succeeded Riley.

During Riley’s nearly five years as head coach, the team won the Big 12 conference four times and won two bowl games. The team also only lost two games per season while Riley was there.

When Riley announced he was leaving the team in November, Stoops came out of retirement to coach the Sooners at the Alamo Bowl, which they won. The former coach was honored for that act of stepping up on Tuesday.

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