NORMAN – After 18 seasons in which he won 10 Big 12 titles, a national championship and became OU's all-time wins leader with a career record of 190-48, Bob Stoops has certainly earned legend status.
Saturday, his statue will join those of Oklahoma's three other 100-win coaches -- Bennie Owen, Bud Wilkinson and Barry Switzer -- outside Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Stoops' statue will officially be dedicated on the lawn directly south of the Switzer Center Saturday at 10 a.m. He will also be recognized during the game.
In advance Saturday's festivities, Stoops' former players, many of whom will be in attendance this weekend, are taking to social media with tributes to their head coach.
I got a phone call from this man. I told him, I had no plans to ball in any other jersey than that Crimson & Cream! #SaluteToStoops for the opportunity of a lifetime and countless memories. P.s you dare to take that visor off, it better be gold! pic.twitter.com/ePeRqUSAQo— Eric Striker (@OU_CoachStriker) April 12, 2018
Came all the way to Cali to grab the Kid - growing up I thought 100% I'd be a USC Trojan. Decommited & made one of the best decision in my life. Boomer Sooner 4life #SaluteToStoops pic.twitter.com/bAxKj0kJ3U— Tony Jefferson (@_tonyjefferson) April 11, 2018
It was a privilege to play under your coaching, but it has been an honor knowing you as a man.Thanks for all the memories and for taking a chance on a small town kid.— Dede Westbrook (@DedeTHEGreat11) April 13, 2018
You're a living legend, Coach! #SaluteToStoops #GoCrazy #Love @OU_Football pic.twitter.com/uWF4Q9TQwQ
Coach Thanks for everything you did for me and everyone you had an impact on. Words can't even explain what you mean to me and the fans of Oklahoma! Everyone help us Congratulate and Celebrate the Living Legend of Bob Stoops @ the spring game tomorrow. #Boomer pic.twitter.com/P5MKf90let— ⚡PRIMETIME!!!⚡ (@Joe_MainMixon) April 14, 2018
It was a dream come true to play at OU for Coach Stoops. I'm excited to be back in Norman for the Spring Game and to celebrate his incredible career! #BeThere #SaluteToStoops pic.twitter.com/8lY98BduAG— Sterling Shepard (@sterl_shep3) April 10, 2018
One of the biggest blessings of my life was to locate to #Norman because I became great friends with @OU_CoachStoops— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) April 12, 2018
Can't wait to help honor Bob this weekend.
One of the best men I've ever known. @OU_Football pic.twitter.com/peQKNF5ben
You've changed my life forever with just one phone call to play for you on Saturday's! Now this Saturday is your day to be remembered here forever! #SaluteToStoops #ThankYou pic.twitter.com/hPB0aCH2ac— Jordan Smallwood (@Jsmalls_17) April 13, 2018
I'll be forever grateful & cherish the many legendary victories celebrated along the 18yr journey we shared. Bob Stoops left an inspiring legacy for former/current/future student athletes as well as all of Oklahoma. Tonight/tomorrow we recognize it all #SaluteToStoops #Sooners pic.twitter.com/4cshvIcZGe— Joe Castiglione (@soonerad) April 13, 2018