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Raise pushes OU's Bob Stoops over $5 million mark

OU regents also approve raises for basketball coaches Lon Kruger, Sherri Coale

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Posted: Thursday, June 26, 2014 12:00 am

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ARDMORE — Bob Stoops joined college football’s rather exclusive $5 million club Wednesday, under terms of his new contract approved by the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents.

Stoops will clear $5 million in annual salary for the first time this year under a revised deal worth $39.9 million over the next seven years. The only other coaches to hit that annual mark are Nick Saban, whose latest contract at Alabama puts him at a reported $6.9 million, Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin and Texas’ Charlie Strong, both of whom will reportedly earn $5 million this year.

It’s rare air for Stoops, the Sooners’ 16th-year coach who was scheduled to make $4.95 million this season under terms of his former contract.

It also makes him the biggest winner among several OU coaches who were granted raises at Wednesday’s regents meeting.

OU basketball coach Lon Kruger received a new deal worth $17 million over the next six years, marking his first raise since taking over the Sooners in 2011. Kruger, who has exceeded expectations by guiding OU into the past two NCAA Tournaments, will earn $2.75 million this year, above the $2.3 million he was due to make under his original contract.

Under the revised deal, Kruger stands to make $3 million for the first time in 2019-20.

OU women’s basketball coach Sherri Coale also cashed in Wednesday. Her new deal pays $8.96 million over seven years, beginning with the $1.13 million she will earn in 2014-15.

Stoops’ new contract solidifies the strongest “front office” partnership in college football, a triumvirate that also includes OU president David Boren and athletic director Joe Castiglione.

“This is a great, great program, and I believe it’s because of the leadership, because of President Boren and his staff and Joe Castiglione and his staff,” Stoops said Wednesday. “And all of that filters down to what we’re trying to do with the football program. They’ve had great vision, great leadership, a willingness to make a commitment, to continue to improve …

“I feel incredibly appreciative and very fortunate and blessed to be in such a positive environment with great people.”

Boren said the trio has been together longer than any other team of a president, an athletics director and a head football coach in the United States

“We’ve been together 16 years now,” Boren said. “It’s been a fortunate, wonderful thing for the university that these two people (Stoops and Castiglione) have been here and we’ve been able to work together this long.”

Castiglione said Boren has supported the athletic deparment “from the day I stepped on this campus.”

“We’re very fortunate,” Castiglione said.

OU assistants also received raises Wednesday. Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, signed through 2017, will make $850,000 this year. That puts him closer to the $1 million mark, a figure, according to the USA Today salary database, reached by only three college assistants in 2013 (Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris, Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart and LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis).

OU offensive coordinator Josh Heupel, whose agreement is through 2016, received a bump to $605,000 this year. Co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell is the Sooners’ next highest-paid assistant. He’ll earn $455,000 this year with his raise.

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  • Donald Cody posted at 9:44 am on Fri, Jun 27, 2014.

    AlleyO-175 Posts: 1685

    I'm not the least bit surprised that the same ones that worship Obama on this site are the same ones that can't measure the value of a college football coach....I'm not cognizant of the amount of money that the football program brings to the university but I'm sure that it must be a substantial amount....The naysayers love the billions we spend on welfare programs and would be thrilled if we spent even more on handouts...With adjustments made for inflation, Stoops is probably making close to what Bud Wilkerson was making in the late 40s and early 50s....BOOMER!!!!!

  • Randy F. Trainor posted at 4:59 pm on Thu, Jun 26, 2014.

    randyt-163 Posts: 534

    Lancy.... what impressive math skills you have, but how dare you compare Coach Bob Stoops with that incompetent loon in the WH?

  • Randy F. Trainor posted at 4:50 pm on Thu, Jun 26, 2014.

    randyt-163 Posts: 534

    Absolutely Rob! BOOMER SOONER!!!!

  • Glenn Varner posted at 11:56 am on Thu, Jun 26, 2014.

    glenna-189 Posts: 1376

    Will someone please tell us where this money comes from besides television revenues?

    Football revenues?

    If so, does that mean ticket prices?

    If so, does that mean shaft the fans?

    How much are season tickets?

    How much are individual game tickets (if any)?

    Seems like 'public funds' to me!

  • margar-175 posted at 8:34 am on Thu, Jun 26, 2014.

    margar-175 Posts: 58

    Your ignorance is showing OU - unionize boys unionize.

  • BR Bush posted at 8:15 am on Thu, Jun 26, 2014.

    bbush6-130 Posts: 95

    Actually, should have read no public funds are being used on the expansion, wrong news story.

  • BR Bush posted at 8:13 am on Thu, Jun 26, 2014.

    bbush6-130 Posts: 95

    No public funds are being used.

  • Frank Kennedy posted at 7:01 am on Thu, Jun 26, 2014.

    oklove-219 Posts: 1698

    If the total amount of money spent on the football program in a poor state such as Oklahoma is an indication of "Oklahoma values," we should be questioning seriously those values. Think what that amount of money would do for the people of this state if it were spent on math and engineering programs.

  • rob morrison posted at 6:40 am on Thu, Jun 26, 2014.

    bobmo-157 Posts: 7093

    And worth every penny...

  • a blueberry in the tomato soup posted at 5:56 pm on Wed, Jun 25, 2014.

    lance-159 Posts: 739

    Dear "Joe Lastname":

    Apparently, you're a big Bob fan...but afraid to use your real name - I'm sure Bob is thrilled to have your support...

  • MIKE NOBLES posted at 5:49 pm on Wed, Jun 25, 2014.

    miken-885 Posts: 340

    we can cough up money for this (and I know some will say that the football program brings more money into the University, but it is a public state funded university) but the folks in the legislature take money from Oklahoma Promise and give it to other things. Priorities are wrong in this state.

  • Beau McElhattan posted at 3:34 pm on Wed, Jun 25, 2014.

    Beau McElhattan Posts: 991

    That's a lot of college education scholarships.

  • Joe Lastname posted at 3:22 pm on Wed, Jun 25, 2014.

    joedan-135 Posts: 1

    Been a big Bob fan since 1999. He is one of the elite and deserves to be compensated as such.

  • Rick Jackson posted at 2:59 pm on Wed, Jun 25, 2014.

    ronald-256 Posts: 794

    Now just win...

  • PAUL PEDRICK posted at 2:57 pm on Wed, Jun 25, 2014.

    plpiam-108 Posts: 189

    Mike Gundy's salary is $3,450,000.00 AT OSU, not counting potential bonuses for championships and post-season bowl appearances. Now let's talk about obscene and immoral, Ray.

  • Bob Seay posted at 2:22 pm on Wed, Jun 25, 2014.

    Seabreeze Posts: 1

    This is taxpayer money. Let's reduce the tax rates some more so that we can make real decisions on whether to have college athletics or quality college education at an affordable cost. Glad to know we have our priorities straight!

  • RAY HICKMAN posted at 2:16 pm on Wed, Jun 25, 2014.

    rayco-171 Posts: 1

    I agree with Lance and others who think that Stoops salary is WAY TOO HIGH....OBSCENELY and IMMORALLY HIGH!!

  • a blueberry in the tomato soup posted at 2:03 pm on Wed, Jun 25, 2014.

    lance-159 Posts: 739

    I know, I know... we HAVE to pay Stoops this kind of money to be "competitive" and keep him here...blah, blah, blah...but in a state where the average household income is $44,891...this seems obscene... Let's forget about his work hours...let's just calculate how much Bob Stoops gets paid just to live and breathe and grace us with his presence...so at $5,250,000 a year... he gets paid $14,383 a day, EVERY day of the year...this comes out to $599/hour...even when he's sleeping....[beam].. when he wakes up after 8 hours of sleep..he just banked nearly $5000... I know, I know...it's not Bob Stoops fault - I mean, who wouldn't take what the market would bear...but it kind of makes you think about where our priorities are as a nation and as a society when a football coach for a state university in one of the poorest states in the United States makes more than the president of said university or even the President of the United States who holds the power to start a nuclear war... Just food for thought...

  • Gordon Mills posted at 1:37 pm on Wed, Jun 25, 2014.

    d-v94g-454 Posts: 5602

    Kruger's 2.75 salary is a fur piece from Bob Stopps'.