According to reports from the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents meeting, Oklahoma Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley will make $6 million in 2019 (up from $4.8 million in 2018), making him the eighth-highest paid coach in college football. His deal is good for five years and includes a $1 million stay bonus in 2021.
God I wish I'd taken more than a semester of college math. Take II on Lincoln Riley:— Guerin Emig (@GuerinEmig) January 30, 2019
2019 -- $6 million
2020 -- $6.15 mil
2021 -- $7.3 mil
2022 -- $6.45 mil
2023 -- $6.6 mil
Lincoln Riley contract extended through Jan. 31, 2024. Base salary: $325,000 (stays the same), increase additional income $400,000 to $3.975M, annual stay benefit $200K to $700,000, supplemental retirement doubled to $1M, additional stay benefit to $1M. #Sooners— Ryan Aber (@ryaber) January 30, 2019
Additionally, newly-hired defensive coordinator Alex Grinch will earn $1.4 million in 2019, which will make him the highest-paid assistant coach in school history. He’ll be the 10th-highest paid assistant in the country after making $800,000 at Ohio State last season.
New defensive assistants Roy Manning (cornerbacks) and Brian Odom (inside linebackers) will make $425,000 and $375,000, respectively, in 2019. Other assistants, including Bill Bedenbaugh) received raises.
Notable raises for #Sooners assistants?— Bob Przybylo (@BPrzybylo) January 30, 2019
- Bill Bedenbaugh ($125K)
- Dennis Simmons ($60K)
- Calvin Thibodeaux ($55K)
2019 Coaching Salaries (via George Stoia, OU Daily)
HC/QB Lincoln Riley - $6,000,000
OC/OL Bill Bedenbaugh - $750,000
Co-OC/IWR/RC Cale Gundy - $535,000
RB Jay Boulware - $470,000
AHC/TE Shane Beamer - $470,000
OWR Dennis Simmons - $460,000
DC/S Alex Grinch - $1,400,000
AHC/OLB Ruffin McNeill - $575,000
ILB Brian Odom - $375,000
DL Calvin Thibodeaux - $375,000
CB Roy Manning - $425,000
Riley receiving a raise and extension was announced by OU several weeks ago, but it’s encouraging to see a number this high next to the guy’s name. With the NFL sure to show interest in the guy for years to come, the university needed to compensate the rising star competitively. With a salary that is now in the top 10 and will increase from year to year, this checks that box. Equally important, however, is OU’s willingness to pony up for his assistants, and Grinch’s salary is sure to keep everyone happy in that regard.