Mack Brown and Tom Herman have weighed in on Bob Stoops, who stepped down as Oklahoma’s football coach on Wednesday.
Stoops was 11-7 against Texas, which was led by Brown during 15 of those games. On Wednesday, Brown released a statement through Texas’ athletic department:
Bob did a tremendous job turning things around at Oklahoma and putting their program back in national prominence. Our rivalry game became a focal point of college football every year and was great for both schools, the Big 12 and college football as a whole. He leaves Oklahoma with a long track record of success and will be remembered as a Sooner legend. I wish him the best.Advertisement
Herman only coached once against Stoops, beating him 33-23 while he was the head coach at Houston in 2016. Herman, who replaced Charlie Strong in November, released the following statement:
Coach Stoops’ record of success and his legacy at Oklahoma are well documented and firmly established. I was a young graduate assistant at Texas when he took over at Oklahoma. At the time, they were struggling, and he changed that in a hurry. He was driven, passionate and determined to build something great, and he did so at an extremely high level for a long, long time. He’ll be sorely missed at Oklahoma, in the Big 12 and on the landscape of college football.
The 2017 match-up between the Sooners will now feature Herman and Lincoln Riley as the leading men on the two teams’ sidelines. This will be the first time since 1947 that both Texas and Oklahoma will have a new coach. Blair Cherry’s Longhorns recorded a 34-14 win over Bud Wilkinson’s Sooners that year.
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