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Mack Brown, Tom Herman praise retired Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops in statements

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Some moments need more perspective than mere rivalry.

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In the wake of the shocking Wednesday news that longtime Oklahoma Sooners head coach Bob Stoops has retired, former Texas Longhorns head coach Mack Brown and current head coach Tom Herman both released statements about Stoops.

Brown, who went 6-9 against Stoops with four blowout losses, offered praise for his former coaching rival.

“Bob did a tremendous job turning things around at Oklahoma and putting their program back in national prominence,” Brown said. “Our rivalry game became a focal point of college football every year and was great for both schools, the Big 12 and college football as a whole. He leaves Oklahoma with a long track record of success and will be remembered as a Sooner legend. I wish him the best.”

After Brown’s retirement, Stoops continued his streak of success agains the Longhorns with two wins in three games against Charlie Strong, though the Texas upset in 2015 was arguably the high point of Strong’s tenure in Austin.

This fall, Tom Herman will lead the ‘Horns against the Sooners in the Cotton Bowl against former offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley.

Given the performance of Herman’s Houston team against Oklahoma last season, he may legitimately be sad to see Stoops go.

“Coach Stoops’ record of success and his legacy at Oklahoma are well documented and firmly established,” Herman said. “I was a young graduate assistant at Texas when he took over at Oklahoma. At the time, they were struggling, and he changed that in a hurry. He was driven, passionate and determined to build something great, and he did so at an extremely high level for a long, long time. He’ll be sorely missed at Oklahoma, in the Big 12 and on the landscape of college [football].”