Coordinators' pay increases by 18 percent
OU's Castiglione wants assistants to stick around

By Jake Trotter Published: February 21, 2008
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Outside of Venables and Wilson, defensive backs coach and co-defensive coordinator Bobby Jack Wright — who has been at OU since 1999 — will earn the most at $225,000.

After Venables and Wilson, quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel received the staff's biggest percentage raise.

Heupel's 13.3 percent bump increases his yearly salary by $16,000 up to $136,000.

In 2006, Heupel helped converted wideout Paul Thompson lead the Sooners to a Big 12 championship.

In 2007, Heupel mentored freshman Sam Bradford, who finished his first season leading the nation in passing efficiency.

Heupel, who is the youngest OU football coach by six years, however, still remains the lowest paid member of the staff.

He, defensive ends coach and special teams coordinator Chris Wilson ($168,000) and offensive line coach James Patton ($197,000) will be the only three Sooner assistants who will make less than $200,000 in guaranteed salary in 2008.

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