OU president Boren says salary hikes driven by marketplace

June, 25, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Oklahoma president David Boren said the salary hikes given to the football coaching staff are a reflection of market forces throughout the coaching industry.

Oklahoma's Board of Trustees approved new deals for all of Oklahoma's coaches, including football coach Bob Stoops and his staff. The Sooners' football coaches staff will pocket $6.05 million in salaries this season, compared to $5.006 million last season. That represents an increase of 20.9 percent.

"Do I think that salaries are too high nationwide? Yes, I certainly do, but we can't control the marketplace," Boren told The Oklahoman. "This does not make any of our coaches the highest paid. Coach Stoops, I think, it probably puts him just inside the top five nationally, but his record is certainly in the top five."

Here's a look at the Oklahoma coaching staff and the salary increases each coach received this season compared to 2008.

Oklahoma Football Salaries
Coach 2009 2008 Increase
Head coach Bob Stoops $3,675,000 $2,925,000 +25.6%
Def. coordinator Brent Venables $395,000 $345,000 +14.5%
Off. coordinator Kevin Wilson $385,000 $285,000 +35.1%
Secondary coach Bobby Jack Wright $255,000 $245,000 +4.1%
Def. line coach Jackie Shipp $240,000 $225,000 +6.7%
Running backs coach Cale Gundy $235,000 $220,000 +6.8%
Receivers coach Jay Norvell $235,000 $210,000 +11.9%
Offensive line coach James Patton $235,000 $210,000 +11.9%
Quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel $200,000 $156,000 +28.2%
Def. ends coach Chris Wilson $195,000 $185,000 +5.4%
*Strength coach Jerry Schmidt $244,000 $232,000 +5.2%
*Schmidt's salary is not counted with the nine football assistants on Stoops' staff.
Source: The Oklahoman, ESPN.com research

The biggest raises on Stoops' staff went to Wilson, who served as the architect for a potent Sooner offense that scored at least 50 points nine times last season and at least 60 points in a string of five games late last season. And Heupel helped develop Sam Bradford into a Heisman Trophy winner after his strong play at quarterback for the Sooners, passing for 4,720 yards and 50 touchdown passes.

Including "stay" bonuses designed to keep him at school, Stoops' contract would pay him more than $30 million through the end of 2015.

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