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Oklahoma announces raises for Lincoln Riley and staff

After a debut season in which he went 12-2, won the Big 12 championship, presided over one of the most efficient and explosive offenses in college football history, coached his quarterback to the Heisman Trophy and came ohsoclose to winning the Rose Bowl and reaching the CFP National Championship game, Oklahoma regents on Tuesday approved a new contract for Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley and his assistants.

Riley netted a 5-year, $25 million contract that will pay him $4.8 million in 2018. He earned a $3.1 million base salary in 2017 and was set to make $3.8 million this year under his original contract. Riley's salary ranked 37th nationally in 2017, and his new paycheck would bump him up to 11th by 2017 standards, just another example of the metric rise enjoyed by the 34-year-old West Texan.

Elsewhere, defensive coordinator Mike Stoops netted a new contract that runs through Jan. 31, 2020 with a $30,000 raise to $950,000 annually.

Here's how the full staff breaks out:


2017 Salary

2018 Salary


Mike Stoops, DC/OLBs



$30,000 (3.3%)

Bill Bedenbaugh, Co-OC/OL



$90,000 (16.8%)

Ruffin McNeill, Asst. head coach/DTs



$10,000 (1.8%)

Kerry Cooks, Asst. DC/DBs



$165,000 (5.3%)

Cale Gundy, Co-OC/RC/IWRs



$70,000 (16.3%)

Shane Beamer, Asst. HC for offense/TEs and H-Backs




Jay Boulware, STC/RBs



$35,000 (8.8%)

Tim Kish, ILBs



$30,000 (8.1%)

Dennis Simmons, WRs



$50,000 (14.3%)

Calvin Thibodeaux, DEs



$55,000 (20.4%)


$4.31 million

$5.14 million

$830,000 (19.3%)

Additionally, Clarke Stroud has been promoted from dean of students to director of football operations at a $155,000 annual salary.