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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 28, 2006
Posted on: June 27, 2009 1:10 am

Stoops' raise and heat-stroke deaths

The only thing Paterno should make is a left turn out to pasture, you gimp.

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: June 27, 2009 12:16 am

Stoops' raise and heat-stroke deaths

Sick; sick; sick!!!!!!! I'm all for paying for performance but this is getting crazy; these are public financed institutions paying football coaches 5 mil a year; ten years ago a highly paid coach made 1.5 mil or so; are we ready to pay college football coaches 15 million a year by 2015.  And don't argue that football pays for all the other sports or that all these SEC programs make money, etc.  Those justifications don't stand up to any real debate.  You might be able to tell by my i.d. that I'm an LSU fan so I understand the win at all costs bs.  First, the brand that is LSU - Louisiana State University - doesn't exist without public funding.  The school has been around for over 150 years and is the product of years of tax payer dollars.  Most of the 100 plus college football programs lose money.  LSU is not one of them but if it did who do you think would make up the difference - that's right - the taxpayers.  I have no problem with professional teams paying their coaches whatever they damn well please.  But quite frankly, public universities need to draw the line and roll back this insanity.  If coaches need to make 5 mil a year, let them get a job in the NFL or start there own minor league football league and see how well they do against college football.  This is simply a small number of agents, pay consultants and idiot university presidents jacking up pay packages for a select few.  And Stoops is not worth 1.5 million a year anyway.  

Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: June 27, 2009 12:01 am

academia is perversion of the real world

Hate to break this to you, but top football programs don't take money from universities, they give. I understand that consideration of real-world finance is verboten in academia, but we live in a free market world. They pay for themselves, the most of the other athletic programs, and give money to the academic side of the house. Complain that people will pay big money to watch football but not research if you like, but that's the way it is.

Since: Mar 27, 2007
Posted on: June 26, 2009 10:41 pm

Stoops' raise and heat-stroke deaths

Let's see, the SEC has won the last 3 national titles in Football, back to back basketball championships in 2006 and 2007 and just won the baseball national title.  Where is the debate?  They also have more athletes drafted in the NFL draft than any other conference.  Where else is your measuring stick?  Championships are what are measured and you kid yourself if you want, but the SEC dominates college sports.  Softball, national runner up.  Gymnastics national champions.  Do I need to go on?

Since: Mar 27, 2007
Posted on: June 26, 2009 10:37 pm

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.  I guess we measure coaches by their mystique now instead of their championships.  I'll take championships over mythology any day.  By the way, the kid that used a dead girls credit card and the kid that stole the laptop were both kicked off.  You should know your facts instead of spouting untruths.  Also, the GPA has been raised as a team from an average of 2.4 under Ron Zook to 2.8 under Meyer which is almost a B average.  Florida's football players also ranked third in academics in the SEC so shut your mouth because you have no idea what you're talking about.  You're probably a Big Ten fan and this is all you can get excited about, because it sure isn't football that you can get excited about. 

Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: June 26, 2009 10:20 pm
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Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: June 26, 2009 10:00 pm

Stoops' raise and heat-stroke deaths

Stoops deserves what he is going to get. Sure, he has lost 5 straight bcs bowl games and 3 straight national championship games, but what other coach can say he has played in four BCS tittle games? He won the national championship in 2000.  You cannot forget how bad the OU program was from 1994-1998.  That was the worst four seasons, consecutively, in the history of the program.  He brought the program to the elite, again.  Lets ask this question, okay? What if Pete Carol, Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, Mack Brown, and Jim Tressel all played in four national championship games?  Well, Tressel has lost his last two BCS title games after winning the first one in 2002.  Pete Carol lost his second title game to Texas.  Mack Brown had Vince Young and they only went to one national championship.  Any coach in the nation would have won the title with Vince Young and the supporting cast that they had.  Urban Meyer has Tim Tebow.  Nick Saban has only played for one title.  The fact of the matter is that there is not one coach right now that is doing any better than Stoops in his tenure at OU.  Stoops is on the verge to being the top coach in the history of the program.  He has a very good chance to win the national championship this season.  The only coach I would consider ahead of stoops is Urban Meyer.  Stoops is in a slump in these BCS bowl games, but you can't win them all.  I don't think the majority of fans realize how hard it really is to win it all.  You have to be almost perfect with our BCS system. Sorry, USC, you can't get to the title game by losing to UCLA, Stanford, and Oregon State (twice).  I guarantee OU will win at least two more national championships under Stoops.
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Since: Feb 7, 2007
Posted on: June 26, 2009 9:31 pm

Stoops' raise and heat-stroke deaths

Wow...if "Big-game Bob" (if that isn't a misnomer, I don't know what is!) is worth $5m, then that would make Pete Carroll worth $10m (factoring in the cost-of-living difference between L.A. and Norman).

Since: Feb 6, 2009
Posted on: June 26, 2009 9:19 pm
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Since: Dec 11, 2008
Posted on: June 26, 2009 8:36 pm

Stoops' raise and heat-stroke deaths


You dont think the fact its been approx 105 years since anyone has done this is remarkable?   So in the last 105 years, this particular OU team was blessed with the perfect schedule against lame defenses?  I havent bothered to look at the end of season "what teams had the toughest schedules vs the best defenses" stats.  I'm sure they are out there.  I doubt OU's schedule was anywhere near the worst for just this year, let alone the last 105.   

I think there were at least 5 big 12 teams in the top 20 all year long!  For the majority of the time, there were 3-5 of them in the top 10!Defenses aside, you cant argue that the competition wasnt there.  TCU I think had one of the highest rated defenses in college I seem to recall, and they did hold OU to 35 or something like that.  Point is, I think that was their lowest total of the year. 

Just reading the first part of what you said cracks me up...."its not too hard to have the highest scoring offense since 1904"....STOP RIGHT THERE!   Doesnt the fact that it hasnt happened since then, basically and outright state that it IS VERY HARD TO DO?

You might wanna retract your post.  But thanks.. that was funny!

Is it too much money?  Probably, but they say, if they'll pay it, you're worth it!

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