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OU football: Bob Stoops a part of College Football Hall of Fame's 2021 class

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Oklahoma head football coach Bob Stoops speaks with the media during a press conference in 2000.

Bob Stoops, the father of current Sooners receiver Drake Stoops and legendary Oklahoma head football coach, added another item to his long list of accomplishments — because of his long list of accomplishments.

The former OU skipper was named to the College Football Hall of Fame's 2021 class by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. It was announced during ESPN's "SportsCenter" just before noon on Monday.

This year marked the first time Stoops was eligible to be inducted, so throw in "first-ballot Hall of Famer" to his success as well.

Asked what the feat meant to him during an interview with "SportsCenter, Stoops said, "really as much as anything, just honored."

"Just incredibly honored," he continued. "No one cares more for our profession, you know, being the son of a lifetime high school coach, I just so appreciate and have such respect for our profession. So I just felt honored and humbled to have been elected into the Hall of Fame."

Stoops finished his college coaching career with a 190-48 overall record, which included 10 Big 12 championships and a national championship in 2000.

Stoops, a Youngstown, Ohio, native, revived OU's football program, which had fallen on hard times when he was hired in late 1998 and officially took over for the '99 season.

Stoops left the team better than he found it, helping OU become the conference's perennial favorite and a regular national championship contender, leading the Sooners to national-title game appearances in 2003, 2004 and 2008 and the College Football Playoff semifinals in 2015.

He also produced two Heisman Trophy winners — Jason White and Sam Bradford — and coached two more — Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray — that won after he abruptly retired on June 7, 2017.

Stoops joins a stellar Hall of Fame class, which features former Southern Cal quarterback Carson Palmer, Eastern Illinois signal-caller Tony Romo and an old OU rival in Kansas State tailback Darren Sproles.

2021 College Football Hall of Fame Class


Harris Barton, OT, North Carolina (1983-86)

David Fulcher, DB, Arizona State (1983-85)

Dan Morgan, LB, Miami [FL] (1997-2000)

Carson Palmer, QB, Southern California (1998-2002)

Tony Romo, QB, Eastern Illinois (1999-2002)

Kenneth Sims, DT, Texas (1978-81)

C.J. Spiller, RB/KR, Clemson (2006-09)

Darren Sproles, RB, Kansas State (2001-04)

Aaron Taylor, OT, Notre Dame (1990-93)

Andre Tippett, DE, Iowa (1979-81)

Al Wilson, LB, Tennessee (1995-98)


Rudy Hubbard, Florida A&M (1974-85)

Bob Stoops, Oklahoma (1999-2016)

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