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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: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: June 28, 2009 7:57 pm

Stoops' raise and heat-stroke deaths

I agree that Meyer's should get the big bucks, but blame Florida not Oklahoma. It's not Oklahoma's fault if they beat Florida in giving out raises, I'm sure that Meyer will get well taken care of when his contract is due.

Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: June 28, 2009 2:57 pm


That's a lot of money for a guy who can't win bowl games; heck, depending on the year, he either loses at Texas Tech or against Texas like he did last year.  Why -- Oklahoma was even in the championship game is hard to understand -- and Bradford wins the Heisman Trophy, but couldn't beat either team that the two runnerups were quarterbacking.  That's bizarre!  If you think the media and marketing doesn't determine trophies and the BCS -- there was no better proof than last year.  Sure, Stoops is a great coach, but when was the last time he won a bowl game?  Is he even the best coach in the Big 12?  Is any coach worth $5M?  I would say 'No."  But, after this, he should be re-nicknamed "Big Contract Bob,"  or "Big Game Loss Bob."

Since: Jun 7, 2009
Posted on: June 28, 2009 1:46 pm

Stoops' raise and heat-stroke deaths

I dont think any of them are worth 5 mil at this point. With the economy what it is 5 mil is over the top. Of course the coaches just like the athletes are the big money producers at the universities.

College football is a HUGE money producer though and the coaches are highly responsible for that. Dont think so ? send Saban or Myer or Stoops to another school and see that revenue swing !

EXAMPLE Butch Davis at UNC. He is worth some money and can you imagine what the booster there could pay to keep him!!!!

Since: Jun 9, 2009
Posted on: June 28, 2009 12:55 pm

Stoops' raise and heat-stroke deaths

Stoops....yeah..he is somewhere between ok and good....he has a losing record in bowl games or he hasn't won a bowl game lately...this guy isn't worth 5 million.....I can think of a lot of other coaches that should be 5 mill....instead of ol stoops......and meyer isn't one of them  Smile

Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: June 27, 2009 8:31 pm

Stoops' raise and heat-stroke deaths

SEC still rules and the highest paid coach should be coming out of that league, not the big 12. 
So the SEC, in particular Florida based on your post, needs to pony up the dough.  OU is just rewarding hard work.  If they have the money for it, and apparently they do since President Boren went to Oklahoma Congress stating that there was no need for a tuition increase next year, then they should pay their staff more. 

Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: June 27, 2009 2:54 pm

Stoops' raise and heat-stroke deaths

Or they could give that kind of money to the coach at Penn State, whoever that is.

Since: Jan 27, 2007
Posted on: June 27, 2009 7:52 am

Stoops' raise and heat-stroke deaths

Poor, Poor, UGA Fan. I can only laugh at your silly little rant.

Since: Mar 13, 2007
Posted on: June 27, 2009 6:35 am

Stoops' raise and heat-stroke deaths

Why don't you learn to spell ? Try fellating youself!

Since: Apr 4, 2009
Posted on: June 27, 2009 3:30 am

Stoops' raise and heat-stroke deaths

Say what you want clown, but Florida didn't have their biggest playmaker (Percy Harvin) even play in that Alabama game.  That would have been worth a touchdown.  It's all about winning the big game, not coming close.  If that's the case, then all the 8-4 coaches in america should be getting 5 Million, because they are all close.  How do you say Saban is the best when Meyer has 2 National Championships to Saban's 1 and he also went undefeated at Utah and also took a terrible Bowling Green program and went 9-2.  Know your facts before you run your mouth.  Let's see who has the better year this year, Alabama or Florida.   Florida will probably be playing for another national championship and probably winning and then it will be 3-1 Meyer over Saban

      Your an idiot. The only reason Urban Meyer has the won the way he has is because he has Tim Teabow. Their are not many Tim Teabows coming into the game these days. We will see what kinda of coach Urban Meyer is when he has no Teabow big man. I can't wait. If you think Urban Meyer walked into a situation that Nick Saban walked into when he came to Alabama you are crazy my freind. Saban walked into a horrible situation and made it better in less than a year. Saban is a better coach and recruiter and only time will show little man.......... 

Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: June 27, 2009 1:19 am

Stoops' raise and heat-stroke deaths

Listen douche bag, Stoops and his program bring in tens of millions to the university, bottom line, if they want to give a small percentage to ensure the money keeps coming in then bravo to them, the university makes a lot of money due to the football program, so they have the money to spread around the university, if you can't understand the investment than please don't post anymore of your braindead comments on here.  The entire universtiy of Oklahoma is doing just fine thank you.

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