ARDMORE — No University of Oklahoma head coach is the highest-paid in his or her field, but a few are getting up there.
OU president David Boren discussed the merit of coaches’ salaries, led by football coach Bob Stoops’ package worth $3,675,000, on Wednesday, when the OU Board of Regents approved raises during its June meeting.
"Do I think that salaries are too high nationwide? Yes, I certainly do, but we can’t control the marketplace,” Boren said. "This does not make any of our coaches the highest paid. Coach Stoops, I think, it probably puts him just inside the top five nationally, but his record is certainly in the top five.”
Several OU teams won big last year, and Boren said the athletic department is a self-supporting unit that announced it would give $7 million in the upcoming year to academic programs.
Men’s basketball coach Jeff Capel, whose team reached the Elite Eight in March and had tonight’s probable No. 1 NBA Draft pick in Blake Griffin, will get a 43-percent raise beginning July 1 from $1.05 million to $1.5 million in total compensation.
Offensive football coordinator Kevin Wilson received a $100,000 raise to $385,000, and Stoops’ contract included a $700,000 stay bonus due Oct. 1. Most head and assistant coaches, though, received more moderate increases.
The regents approved contracts for OU’s newest coaches, Ryan Hybl of men’s golf and John Roddick of men’s tennis. Hybl is the brother of former OU quarterback Nate Hybl. Roddick’s brother is top U.S. tennis player Andy Roddick.
Ryan Hybl will receive $100,000 and can earn more in bonuses; John Roddick will earn $98,000 plus more in bonuses. Both coaches, hired within the past week, received four-year contracts.
"They have the character and ability to identify outstanding talent and develop it once they come on campus,” OU athletics director Joe Castiglione said of the young coaches. "They’re both high energy and passionate about the sport they represent, and both have played at the highest level as student-athletes.