Oklahoma offensive coordinator Josh Heupel had been approved by for a raise and contract extension by the OU Board of Regents, according to a report from Guerin Emig of the Tulsa World.
The former national title winning quarterback is entering his ninth year on the staff and third season as the Sooners' co-offensive coordinator and play caller. He will join defensive coordinator Mike Stoops as the only Oklahoma assistant to receive a three-year contract, and his salary will bump to $550,000 per year, $50,000 below Mike Stoops.
Previously, Heupel's salary was equal with co-coordinator and wide receivers coach Jay Norvell at $350,000 per year. Norvell also received a raise to $400,000 but remains on a one-year deal. Running backs coach Cale Gundy and assistant head coach/cornerbacks coach Bobby Jack Wright earned raises to $300,000, and linebackers coach Tim Kish will now make $279,000 per year.
The OU Board of Regents also approved salary figures for Oklahoma's three new hires: defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery will make $325,000, offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh will earn $315,000 and tight ends coach/special teams coordinator Jay Boulware will make $270,000 this season. All three new hires will earn higher salaries than the coaches they replaced.
Earlier this week we took a peek at Big Ten defensive coordinator salaries when word broke of Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison's new contract, so thought we'd do the same with Big 12 offensive coordinators today.
1. Major Applewhite, Texas - $575,000
2. Josh Heupel, Oklahoma - $550,000
3. Courtney Messingham, Iowa State - $302,000
4. Shannon Dawson, West Virginia - $300,000
Rob Ianello*, Kansas - $300,000
6. Dana Dimel, Kansas State - $283,000
7. Sonny Cumbie/Eric Morris, Texas Tech - $210,000
Jarrett Anderson, TCU - N/A
Philip Montgomery, Baylor - N/A
Mike Yurcich, Oklahoma State - N/A
* - Kansas does not employ an offensive coordinator. Ianello, the Jayhawks' wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator, is the team's highest-paid offensive assistant.
Sonny Cumbie and Eric Morris, Texas Tech's co-offensive coordinators, are not the highest-paid offensive assistants on Kliff Kingsbury's staff. Running backs coach Mike Jinks slightly outpaces the pair with a $215,000 salary.