The University of Oklahoma has perfect vision for the future of who will be roaming the sidelines: Bob Stoops received a contract extension Thursday that will make him head coach through 2020.
President David L. Boren announced the extension Thursday and will recommend the OU Board of Regents take formal action in September.
"We took this action to express the University's deep appreciation for Bob Stoops' work," Boren said. "In my opinion, he ranks among the very best nationally in the way he combines his ability as a coach with high ethical standards. I greatly value and enjoy my association with Bob and feel extremely fortunate that at the University of Oklahoma we have the longest continuous tenure of the current head football coach, athletics director and president. The progress made in our football program since Bob took the helm in 1999 is remarkable. He has truly revived one of the great college football traditions, while adding his own enhancements, and elevating the profile and competition in the Big 12 Conference. As president, it is particularly meaningful to me that we have a coach who has accomplished so much and with such high personal integrity. His strong character represents the best of the values of our university. I'm always proud when he represents the University of Oklahoma to the nation."
Stoops' is the only active coach with a winning percentage above 80% in 14 straight seasons at the FBS level. He says his position in Norman is a dream job.
"I appreciate the University's commitment to our program and me," Stoops said. "Most coaches dream of working in the kind of situation that exists at Oklahoma, especially with leaders like President Boren and Joe Castiglione. We're proud of what we have accomplished to this point and look forward to achieving a lot more."
This fall will be Stoops' 15th season as head coach. In that time, he's compiled a record of 149-37, reaching 100 W's faster than any other coach in NCAA Division I modern era. He has a conference record of 99-23 that comes with eight Big 12 titles and a National Championship in 2000.
Stoops' program has produced 65 NFL Draft picks, 33 First-Team All-Americans and 18 national award winners, including two Heisman recipients.
All of his teams have appeared in bowl games and each of the home games during his tenure have registered sell-out attendance.