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IOWA CITY, Ia. — In terms of honorary captains, Iowa is swinging big in Week 1.
Legendary Oklahoma coach and former Hawkeye Bob Stoops will serve as the honorary captain at Saturday's season opener against Miami (Ohio). Stoops will accompany the Iowa captains to midfield for the pregame coin toss. He will also be with the Hawkeyes in the locker room before and after the game.
Stoops lettered at Iowa from 1979-82, helping guide the Hawkeyes to the 1981 Big Ten title and 1982 Rose Bowl. As a senior, he was a first-team all-Big Ten selection, team captain and the Hawkeyes' team MVP. Stoops' coaching career began at Iowa as a GA (1983-84) and assistant coach (1985-87).
Stoops' legacy skyrocketed after leaving Iowa City. He went 190-48 in 18 seasons at Oklahoma (1999-2016), leading the Sooners to 10 Big 12 championships and 18 bowl games. Stoops' pinnacle moment came in winning the 2000 national title.
He retired as the winningest coach in Oklahoma history. Since then, Stoops returned to Iowa City last season for the annual FRYfest event. Now, he's coming back for an even bigger honor.
Dargan Southard covers Iowa and UNI athletics, recruiting and preps for the Des Moines Register, HawkCentral.com and the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Email him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter at @Dargan_Southard.