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.
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.