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Stoops' raise and heat-stroke deaths

Posted on: June 26, 2009 11:09 am

Oklahoma knows what it's doing. Bob Stoops is about to become the game's first $5 million coach (with bonuses by 2011).

I have no problem with that. You shouldn't either. You pay for victories. You pay for championships. You pay because your university has not been disgraced. That's the way it is these days. Heck, didn't Phil Fulmer get a raise last year?

There will be those who ask: Where was Bob Stoops going? Nowhere that I can see but sometimes it pays to keep your most important employees happy.

Oklahoma knows what it is doing because it is rewarding people for specific accomplishments. The entire staff received raises. By percentage, offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson topped the list getting a 35 percent raise from $285,000 to $385,000. Quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel was second going from $156,000 to $200,000 (28.2 percent).

What do these two guys have in common? They helped run the highest scoring offense since Minnesota in 1904. Their quarterback won the Heisman Trophy. Their team won a sixth Big 12 title this decade. Yeah, I'd say they earned it.

That raises the question: If Stoops is worth $5 million per year, where does that put Urban Meyer? Florida's coach is going to get another raise after winning two championships in three years. He already makes at least $3.5 million per year. And what about Nick Saban? The school is in the process of extending his average $4 million per year. LSU's Les Miles reportedly passed Saban last year making $1,000 more per year than the conference leader.

What happened to cost cutting? It doesn't touch football.

 Before you start, howling, yes, I do remember the Big Red Motors scandal at Oklahoma. Yes, that was embarrassing but the school was out front on it. Plus, Stoops showed some stones by immediately kicking Rhett Bomar and J.D. Quinn off the team. That is one smudge and in no way resembles the frat house that Barry Switzer ran during his heyday.

But let's not get all high and mighty here. Schools still pay for wins.

 For fun, see how your salary compares to Saban's with this salary calculator.

 Heat-stroke related deaths are up according to the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research center at the University of North Carolina. We're way ahead of you. I reported in May that "exertional sickling" a complication of sickle cell trait, is now the leading cause of death of NCAA football players this decade. Sickling is caused by overextertion without proper acclimation to the conditions.

All of the deaths have come in practice or in conditioning, not in games. Five of the 10 deaths in Division I-A football this decade have been caused by sickle cell trait. There have been 25 heat-related deaths overall in football in the last 10 years, according to Dr. Frederick Mueller, who wrote the report.

"This number is unacceptable since heat-stroke deaths are preventable with the proper precautions," Frederick said.

In a recent study, only 64 percent of Division I-A schools even test for sickle cell trait. You can bet that a lot fewer than that know how to accilimate sickle cell trait athletes to extreme heat during conditioning.

Why doesn't this bother anyone else?

 Came off the road, had a lot to do, fighting a cold. Ended up watching Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett retrospectives on Thursday night.

Category: NCAAF

Since: May 11, 2008
Posted on: July 14, 2009 1:56 am

Stoops' raise and heat-stroke deaths

Nice post Gator.  Now tell me again, from where did you graduate?  University of Texas?  Actually I agree with your points, but I don't think any differently of Stoops than Mack Brown.  Let's be honest, Coach Brown would still be without a BCS Championship if he hadn't had one of the greatest single season QBs in the history of college football in Vince Young.  Best coach in the Big 12?   Considering all aspects of the game, including recruiting, isn't the answer Mike Leach?

Since: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: June 30, 2009 7:06 pm

Stoops' raise

It's funny how perceptions can change.  90% of people watch like little puppy dogs to national media outlets like ESPN and listen to media types spout off their uninformed, shallow opinion.

Who knows if Stoops should be the highest-paid college coach or not.  As of now he might be on track for that title by 2011, but who knows what will happen between now and then.  Throw the top 5 coaches' names in a hat and pick one.  They all have different personalities and have enjoyed success.

Oklahoma fans and non-fans alike have been spoiled by Stoops' success.  People forget the turnaround job he did.  From a disaster to national champions in 2 years.  SIX Big 12 titles in TEN years as coach.  Mack Brown has finally figured out how to beat Stoops after so many years of getting out-coached.  Do people remember these things?  It seems fans and media alike (or, fans BECAUSE of the media) harp on the last 2-3 years.  Yes, Oklahoma has struggled in BCS games of late.  There were different reasons each year.  Sometimes injuries or suspensions.  Sometimes it was just getting beat by a better team.  But don't let those silly details stop anyone from slapping a big 'ol label on a coach or program.

Try having some perspective, people.  Don't just be a puppy dog.  Unless you are happy with that life.  Certainly would be easier.

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2009 3:19 pm

Stoops' raise and heat-stroke deaths


Your statement is not true, your university if not the only one that does not get any money from the state. We are a private university, we get no help at all from the state.

Your university probably, like any other university do get federal money for endowments for it's education department for specific educational projects, so your university does receive some federal funds though they are not for the athletic department.

Now your state schools have a cap on the amount they are able to pay their coaches by state law. They get around this with shoe endorsements, tickets sold, booster income, housing and car allowance as well other funds that are not regulated by the state.

If your university think Stoop's is worth 5 million dollars then by all means pay him that amount.

I rank Stoop's coaching ability is in the top 10 but certainly not the top 5 as there are a few coaches that actually win with less and also win the one or two must games. One of the must games is the bowl game played as a reward for a good season. There are at least two in the Big-12 I rank about Stoops.

He lost the Fiesta Bowl to both Boise State and West Virginia games that everyone thought he should have won. It matters not about trick plays or what the fact is they Sooners lost in a bowl game. To me that is a measuring stick about a program with less winning against a program with more.

He is lacking in this department.  


Since: Apr 23, 2009
Posted on: June 30, 2009 11:47 am

Stoops' raise and heat-stroke deaths

This article is lacking one very important bit of information......Oklahoma University is the only college in which it dosen't get funding for its athletics dept. from the state.....Thats saying a whole lot about the students and boosters. So SEC fans......the only one you can blame is yourselves about urban myer not getting paid the most...Now go choke on your SEC sepremecy and remember that your selfishness shows in more ways than one.

AN OU School is OUT.....SEC Morons

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: June 29, 2009 4:58 pm

Stoops' raise and heat-stroke deaths

Re: coggins2

I like you list of best head coaches in college football today. You can put those in any order that you want and I would still agree with you. I don't think Stoops is the best and is probably in the position that I would place him. Winning a conference title and losing your bowl game and with the number of times you have had a chance to bring the so called National Championship trophy home and yet have failed on all occasions mean that either you were out coached, the other team had better players, one or more of your key players were unable to play.
I think that happened in 2004, Peterson either got hurt before the championship game or early in the game itself.

I am not an Oklahoma fan nor do I make it a habit of following the so I can not recall. I think that was the year we beat them.

But you have to win the big games.


Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: June 29, 2009 4:49 pm

Stoops' raise and heat-stroke deaths

Re: yeahohyeah

You are joking aren't you? Which OU are you speaking of Ohio University or Oklahoma University. If you put those two teams to gether you would not be able to beat the thugs at Flawrida or is flaurida, but I think it is Florida.


Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: June 29, 2009 12:43 pm

Stoops' raise and heat-stroke deaths

No, that would be to beat Texas again for the SEVENTH time this decade. Get a clue and have fun in San Diego for the annual Holiday Bowl trip. One Big XII Championship versus SIX since 2000. Pretty one-sided wouldn't say?

Since: May 16, 2007
Posted on: June 29, 2009 11:08 am

Stoops' raise and heat-stroke deaths

Bob Stoops is a great coach but his style of offense is purely based on perfect weather. Bring those quick slants and hitches to Big Ten country during November and let's see how affective they are. Spread offense only works in college football because most teams never play in the cold. Those quick receivers couldn't take the stinging hits during 30 degree weather with a flurry or two. Thats exactly why it will never take in the NFL, because pro teams travel all over the coutry and play in many different kinds of weather. Who can't play in 80 degree and sunny conditions, let's bring on the wind and snow like real men play in, then let's see if he deserves so much money.

Since: Nov 20, 2008
Posted on: June 29, 2009 10:59 am

Stoops' raise and heat-stroke deaths

Thanks for the props and congratulations on another NC.  I had a bad feeling going into the game and your team performed much as I thought.  I can't get down on my Sooners as I thought they played about as well as could be asked, Florida had the better team and losing by 10 was no disgrace.  The negative comments OU annually receives is understandable I suppose, since they are coming from fans of teams who can't make the grade to get to the "big game". 

Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: June 28, 2009 11:04 pm

Stoops' raise and heat-stroke deaths

Idiot, Paterno has no idea what the hell is going on on "his" team anymore.  They have had more off the field issues that all SEC and Big 12 schools combined.  he is out of touch, I give him a lifetime achievement award, now time to go to the dog track if he does not think he is there already.

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