Bob Stoops is leaving coaching the same way he conducted his business for 18 seasons on the Oklahoma sideline.

Bob Stoops, saying “The timing is perfect to hand over the reins,” exits as the Sooners’ all-time winningest coach with a 190-48 record.

OU coach Bob Stoops knew Lincoln Riley was head coach material.

Stoops flew to Atlanta, met with Bowlsby, and then accepted the Oklahoma job.

Stoops might have grown up in Woody Hayes country, but he liked the speed and excitement of Barry Switzer’s Wishbone offense at Oklahoma.

Stoops recalled being the defensive coordinator at Florida in 1997, looking up at the TV and seeing Northwestern manhandle Oklahoma, 24-0, and saying, to head coach Steve Spurrier and some other coaches, “That shouldn’t be happening at Oklahoma.”

Stoops took Oklahoma to the BCS championship game in 2003, 2004 and 2008, and to the 2015 College Football Playoff.

As much as loved to beat the Longhorns, or Oklahoma State, Stoops didn’t like to circle games on the schedule.

When injuries wrecked the 2009 Sooners, and they lost three games by a total of five points, and they had to rally to finish 8-5, Stoops threw the untested freshmen onto the field and coached them up.