Bob Stoops shocked the college football world by retiring from Oklahoma on Wednesday. The former Iowa safety and graduate assistant held his position as the Sooners head coach for 18 seasons — the longest tenure of any college football head coach.
With Stoops’ retirement, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz now is the longest-tenured active head coach in college football. In fact, as Brett McMurphy points out, Ferentz started at Iowa only a day after Stoops began his tenure at Oklahoma.
Kirk Ferentz is the only remaining college football coach who got his current job in the 20th century.
— Dan Murphy (@DanMurphyESPN) June 7, 2017
And Ferentz doesn’t appear to be leaving his post anytime soon. He signed a contract extension that’ll pay him $4.5 million per year through the 2025 season, and at age 61, he’s unlikely to be in the conversation for any other head coaching jobs.
Ferentz is in a conference with two of the youngest coaches in the country in 36-year-old P.J. Fleck and 39-year-old DJ Durkin of Maryland.
With Lincoln Riley, 33, set to take over at Oklahoma, #Gophers' PJ Fleck, 36, to be displaced as youngest Power Five head football coach.
— Andy Greder (@andygreder) June 7, 2017
This story originally called Stoops a former Iowa lineman, but he actually played safety. We regret the error.