Most assumed that Oklahoma Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley would be getting a decent raise after a highly successful debut season at the helm, and those suspicions were confirmed Tuesday at OU’s Board of Regents meeting. The board approved a raise that puts Riley’s salary at $4.8 million, and his salary will average out to $5 million through 2023 — meaning he will receive a $100,000 raise after each season. This also gives Riley the upper hand over quarterback and No. 9 MLB Draft pick Kyler Murray.
Lincoln Riley will make $4.8 million next year, making him the highest paid person on OU’s football team. Kyler Murray is second at $4.7 million— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) June 19, 2018
Riley’s contract is now extended through the 2023 season. His five-year deal includes a $100,000 raise each season, equaling a $25 million deal and average of $5 million per season.#Sooners— Eric Bailey (@EricBaileyTW) June 19, 2018
Riley’s base salary was $3.1 million in 2017 and was up around $3.5 million after incentives.
Oklahoma’s assistants also got some nice raises, with Co-OC/OL coach Bill Bedenbaugh getting a $90,000 bump up to $625,000 per season. As well as he’s done with his position group during his time in Norman, no raise is too high. He needs to stay in town as long as possible. Give him all the money.
Here are the base salaries for the others:
#Sooners coaches salary from new contracts:— Eric Bailey (@EricBaileyTW) June 19, 2018
Riley: $4.8 million (up from 3.1m)
Stoops: $950k (920k)
McNeill: $570k (560k)
Bedenbaugh: $625k (535k)
Cooks: $500k (475k)
Gundy: $500k (430k)
Boulware: $435k (400k)
Kish: $400k (370k)
Simmons: $400k (350k)
Thibodeaux: $320k (260k)
Shane Beamer, who is entering his first season, will make $435,000 annually.
One thing that stands out is the fact that Mike Stoops is not only getting a raise but has been extended through 2020. Keeping him around is one thing, but this justifiably raises some eyebrows. Let’s check in with RJ:
Mike Stoops will make more than a $1 million annually and got extended through 2020 for this. pic.twitter.com/c95eP80GpG— RJ Young (@RJ_Young) June 19, 2018
I’m not a fan of the message sent by this decision. I understand the arguments pertaining Big 12 offenses and adjusting one’s expectations, but what we’ve seen these past two seasons is simply unacceptable from pretty much every angle. It is, however, worth mentioning that the talent level on that side of the ball seems to be trending in the right direction, which could lead to him having a bit more trust in his personnel. Will he eventually push the right buttons? Perhaps, but I don’t think too many of us will ever rest easy.
A few other things from the meeting:
- Many of us (myself included) would like to see alcohol sold outside of the donor areas at Memorial Stadium. Don’t hold your breath for it to happen anytime soon, but one can still dream.
Castiglione on beer sales: “Outside of the premium areas, we have no plans at this time.” #Sooners— John Shinn (@john_shinn) June 19, 2018
- Matt McMillan, who was the Director of Football Ops and Bob Stoops’ right-hand man for 18 years (plus one year with Riley), will be succeeded by Clarke Stroud. Stroud had been the Dean of Students since 2000.
Clarke Stroud is the new Matt McMillen. He'll go from being Dean of Students to Director of Football Ops. He'll be paid $155,000 annually.— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) June 19, 2018
- The University of Oklahoma has a new president, and he’s already making a bit of a splash. Due primarily to new building projects, the Norman campus currently has a debt of around $1 billion.
President-designate James Gallogly is strongly focused on fixing the OU budget. Says tuition will stay flat, that fixing budget "should not fall on the shoulders of our students."— Eric Bailey (@EricBaileyTW) June 19, 2018
"We will get our house in order. This will be hard, but important work."
- Finally, OU is well on it’s way to having a new softball stadium/facility, as the board approved a design phase on Tuesday.