Four Oklahoma coaches make ESPN’s list of 150 greatest

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ESPN has released its list of 150 greatest college football head coaches of all time, and four OU coaches made the cut.

Happy Tuesday, friends and fans!

As the 150th college football season winds down, a panel of voters at ESPN has ranked the 150 greatest coaches in the sport’s history. Naturally, the Oklahoma Sooners were well-represented by several all-time greats throughout the list.

Here’s how OU’s previous head coaches were ranked:

  • No. 6 Bud Wilkinson — 145-29-4, three national championships, 17 seasons
  • No. 13 Barry Switzer — 157-29-4, three national championships, 16 seasons
  • No. 29 Bob Stoops — 190-48, one national championship, 18 seasons
  • No. 115 Bennie Owen — 155-60-19, 22 seasons

It’s also notable that No. 82 Jim Tatum and No. 93 Howard Schnellenberger also made the list, although neither stuck around Norman for more than a season, with the latter being a disaster of a hire.

This list could be argued from top to bottom like most things in college football, but for the most part it seems well researched and ordered within reason. What can’t be argued is Oklahoma’s incredible fortune with head coaches. Most teams don’t have a Bud Wilkinson in their history, or even a Bob Stoops. What each of these men did for this program and this university has had a lasting impact over the course of the last century. Best of all, Lincoln Riley (36-5) appears to be well on his way to cementing himself as the next Sooner coaching legend, and if he’s still running the show a decade from now, chances are good he’ll win his way onto the all-time charts.

Now onto today’s Hot Links! The postseason is bringing Lincoln Riley some extra cheddar, Roy Manning is a boss, D-Rose sinks the Pels in NOLA and more!

OU Links

  • Check out this insane stat. 20 of the last 10 years a Sooner has been named a Heisman Trophy finalist. That means basically every other year you can expect Oklahoma to field a candidate that ultimately gets invited to New York. Amazing stuff.

  • Redshirt sophomore Creed Humphrey was named a finalist for the Rimington Award — an individual honor awarded to the nation’s top center. Congratulations, Creed!

  • Senior QB/H Connor McGinnis was named a CoSIDA Academic All-American thanks to his pristine 4.0 GPA in the classroom. Years from now, his legacy will be that of a true renaissance man of the highest order.

  • When assessing the College Football Playoff field, it’s obvious to anyone who’s been paying any attention to the season that Oklahoma is the biggest underdog of the top four teams. Still, that doesn’t mean all hope is lost. In fact, our own Allen Kenney offered up five reasons why the Sooners can win the whole enchilada over at Athlon Sports.
  • Lincoln Riley is currently raking in some pretty sweet bonus checks per his coaching contract at OU. If he’s able to advance to the national championship game and win it, he stands to make an extra $750K. The Tulsa World’s Eric Bailey has more details.
  • In case you need reminding, Oklahoma’s cornerbacks coach is cooler than yours. Year one with Roy Manning on the staff has been a constant treat, from his hype videos to the relationships he’s built with his players. If you’re a recruit with an offer from this guy, how could you say no?

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