Fresh off of the Sooner’s College Football Playoff appearance last season, the Oklahoma Board of Regents must have liked what they saw from Bob Stoops and his supporting cast. Most of the coaching staff received modest raises, but second-year offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley was the big winner.
— John Shinn (@john_shinn) June 21, 2016
— Spenser Davis (@Davis_Spenser) June 21, 2016
Riley was brought in to transform the Sooners’ offense and after last year’s success, he’s one of the hottest names in the country. He is on the short list of hot candidates expected to be targeted for head coaching opportunities next year. However, the OU Board is doing everything they can to keep Riley at Bob’s side as long as possible. Part of Riley’s hefty pay bump includes a “stay bonus” for the next two seasons.
Bob Stoops also received a modest raise. Already one of the highest paid coaches in college football, a $25,000 raise may not seem like a lot, but it will put coach Stoops over the $5.5 million per year mark. Stoops also received a 1-year contract extension, keeping him in Norman through 2021.
Per the Tulsa World, several other coaches received a pay bump as well.
- Bill Bedenbaugh (raise of $50,000 to $425,000, extended through 2018)
- Jay Boulware (raise of $25,000 to $355,000, extended through 2017)
- Kerry Cooks (raise of $25,000 to $450,000, extended through 2018)
- Cale Gundy (raise of $25,000 to $390,000, extended through 2017)
- Tim Kish (raise of $25,000 to $355,000, extended through 2017)
- Dennis Simmons (raise of $37,000 to $312,000, extended through 2017)
Ironically, news of the pay raises came on the same day Oklahoma announced a seven percent tuition hike.
David Boren: “The most critical budget crisis in history of OU… will require a 7-percent increase in tuition and fees this year.”
— Guerin Emig (@GuerinEmig) June 21, 2016
With the coaching staff locked up, and a solid nucleus of players returning this year, Oklahoma is the heavy favorite to win the Big 12. Should they repeat as conference champs, it’s only going to get harder for the Sooners to keep everyone in Norman.