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OU football notebook: Stoops could cash in big with performance bonuses

Oklahoman Modified: December 4, 2008 at 5:29 am •  Published: December 4, 2008
With a win over Missouri, Sooner coach Bob Stoops could be in a for a huge pay day.

According to the performance bonuses written into his contract, Stoops would receive $80,000 if the Sooners win the Big 12 title. That victory would set Stoops up to earn even more in other bonuses.

Stoops would earn $150,000 to appear in the BCS national title game, and an additional $250,000 to win it. Also, if the Sooners finish in the BCS top 10, he’ll make $75,000.

Tuesday, Stoops made $30,000 when he was named Big 12 co-Coach of the Year.

All told, Stoops can cash in on $585,000 total in performance bonuses if the Sooners win out.

That doesn’t include the one-time $3 million stay bonus he is set to receive following this year.

Sooner assistants Cale Gundy, Josh Heupel, James Patton, Jackie Shipp and Chris Wilson will earn $9,000 each if OU wins the Big 12 title, and $20,000 more if the Sooners win the national championship.

Coordinators Kevin Wilson, Jay Norvell, Brent Venables and Bobby Jack Wright will earn $12,000 each with a Big 12 title, and $27,000 if OU wins the national championship.

When OSU running back Kendall Hunter scored on a 23-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, it marked the first time since the Texas loss that OU trailed in a game.

The Sooners didn’t stay down at OSU for long, scoring on their ensuing drive to reclaim the lead for good. Other than Texas, those six minutes in Stillwater marked the only time the Sooners have trailed this season.

OU allowed its fourth kickoff return for touchdown, to OSU, when Perrish Cox went 90 yards for a score in the fourth quarter of last Saturday’s game.

The Sooners are the only team to have allowed that many touchdowns off kickoff returns this season. Only Tulsa and North Texas have surrendered three touchdowns.

OU’s kickoff coverage will be tested again this Saturday by Missouri’s Jeremy Maclin.

"It’s a big challenge,” Stoops said. "That guy, anytime he has the ball, is really an excellent player.