NORMAN, Okla.- Bob Stoops is getting ready to begin his 15th season as OU's head football coach.
According to the university, Stoops will remain patrolling the Sooner sidelines for many years to come.
School president David Boren announced Thursday that Stoops has agreed to a contract extension that will keep him as Oklahoma's head man through the 2020 season, pending approval by the OU Board of Regents.
Stoops has a 149-37 record in his 14 years, winning or sharing eight Big 12 Championships and a National Championship in 2000.
He currently trails Sooner legends Barry Switzer and Bud Wilkinson in length of service but if he finishes out the new contract, he'll become the winningest head coach in OU's rich history with the longest-serving tenure as well.
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."
Joe Castiglioe, OU director of athletics, added, "Whether it's his inspirational leadership, his passion for the game or consistently putting his team in the best position to be successful, his character and steely resolve continue to make him the right person to lead us to success in the future."
Stoops reached 100 coaching wins faster than any NCAA Division I coach in the modern era.
He says he is happy to resume his long-standing career in Norman.
Stoops said, "I appreciate the university's commitment to our program and me. 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."
Stoops recently talked to KFOR Sports Director Bob Barry, Jr. about his career at OU during the Big 12 football "Media Days" in Dallas earlier this week.