New Oklahoma University head football coach Lincoln Riley will make $3.1 million in the first year of a five-year contract that will eventually average $3.5 million annually.
The Oklahoma Board of Regents agreed to Riley’s new contract. Included in that contract are incentives that rise up to $425,000 for winning a national championship.
This is the first head coaching job for the 33-year-old Riley. Tom Herman is in his first year as head coach at Texas. Herman previously was head coach at Houston and he makes $5.25 million as the Longhorn coach. And Oklahoma State just announced that Coach Mike Gundy has a new contract that pays him $4.2 million a year.
“It’s all part of the market data we consider,” OU athletic director Joe Castiglione said. “We look at both current and historic trends and what we’re capable and feel comfortable doing, and what best represents The University of Oklahoma, and we make the decisions we feel are in our best interest, rather than someone on the outside trying to make them for us.”
Bob Stoops, who has retired as OU head coach, will make $325,000 on a contract that runs through June 30, 2018. Stoops will serve as a special assistant in the athletic department, and his contract can be extended an additional year. Stoops is expected to be involved in public relations and fundraising.
Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops: $920,000 ($20,000 raise)
Defensive tackles and assistant head coach Ruffin McNeill: $560,000 through 2019
Offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh: $535,000 (a $110,000 raise)
Secondary coach Kerry Cooks: $475,000 ($25,000 raise)
Inside receivers coach Cale Gundy: $430,000 ($40,000 raise)
Running backs and special teams coordinator Jay Boulware – $400,000 (a $45,000 raise)
Linebackers coach Tim Kish: $370,000 ($15,000 raise)
Outside receivers coach Dennis Simmons: $350,000 ($38,000 raise)
Defensive line coach Calvin Thibodeaux: $270,000 ($20,000 raise)