This has been a good week for assistant coaches in the Big 12. It was announced earlier that Longhorn defensive coordinator Todd Orlando is now making north of $1 million per year, and not to be outdone, the Sooner’s have backed the Brink’s truck up to Lincoln Riley’s front door. The Oklahoma offensive coordinator is now making $1.3 million per year through January 31, 2020.
Here to stay.@LincolnRiley's contract extended through 2019.
— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) May 11, 2017
Riley is one of the hottest names in coaching, and it is commonly thought that he will land a head coaching gig sooner, rather than later, should he want to. So it is no surprise to see him get such a hefty raise as the Sooners would like to keep him around Norman for as long as possible.
Riley’s pay bump (from $950,000) is well warranted too. Oklahoma’s offense ranked second in the country last season, and third in scoring. He also helped lead quarterback Baker Mayfield to New York as a Heisman finalist, and receiver DeDe Westbrook and running backs Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine are headed to the NFL.
Riley’s resume is impressive, and only time will tell if this latest contract extension is enough to keep him at Oklahoma. But, considering he was making just $500,000 two seasons ago, if he does leave, it won’t be because of the money.