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Bob Stoops expected to receive a raise Wednesday

by Ryan Aber Published: June 24, 2014
Bob Stoops is set for a pay raise from OU. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Bob Stoops is set for a pay raise from OU. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

Most of the focus ahead of Wednesday’s meeting of the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents has been on long-anticipated upgrades to Oklahoma Memorial Stadium but there will be some other OU athletics news to come out of the meeting.

At the top of that list is an expected raise for Sooners football coach Bob Stoops. It would be Stoops’ first raise since 2011.

Last year, Stoops had his contract extended through the 2020 season but the financial terms of the deal remained the same.

With the raise, Stoops is likely to surpass $5 million annually, moving into an exclusive group amongst college football coaches.

Currently only three coaches top the mark–Alabama’s Nick Saban ($6.9 million) and Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin and Texas’ Charlie Strong at $5 million each.

Details of Stoops’ raise are not yet known. Regents will vote on the raise Wednesday.

After the Sooners’ Sugar Bowl win over Alabama, Stoops was linked to the Cleveland Browns job before saying he expected to stay with OU a few days later.

Stoops isn’t likely to be the only OU coach to receive a raise at the meeting.

Virtually all Sooners coaches are on the agenda for a salary review.

Outside of Stoops the most likely to receive a raise is OU men’s basketball coach Lon Kruger. Kruger hasn’t received a raise since being hired in 2011 and has led the Sooners to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances. Kruger is scheduled to receive $2.3 million this season.

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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