Although there was certainly a lot to hate about Bob, it looks like he may be one of the rare breed of people who has both the drive to reach the pinnacle of his profession but also the sense to quit while he is ahead and go enjoy life and family.
“In October of 1988, his father Ron was coach, a defensive coordinator at Cardinal Mooney, the high school in Youngstown, Ohio. His oldest brother, Ron Jr., was an assistant coach at a neighboring high school, and they played each other in October of 1988. Bob Stoops’ father, Ron, died that night of a massive heart attack on the field. He was 54 years old.
Bob Stoops has always said the mid-50s were his timing to get out of coaching, I think in large part due to what happened with his family and his family history, specifically that incident in October of 1988. Therefore, that to me makes a lot more sense just philosophically than running from some hypothetical controversy that could be coming down the road. This just makes sense, timing-wise, for Bob Stoops.”