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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 23, 2008
Posted on: June 26, 2009 8:25 pm

Stoops' raise and heat-stroke deaths

It'll take me 148.15 years to catch up to Saban for year, PATHETIC on both ends.

Since: Nov 5, 2008
Posted on: June 26, 2009 8:16 pm

Stoops' raise and heat-stroke deaths

I feel that the paying of coaches should not be held by conference. The Big XII has a claim, the SEC has a claim, and hell, the PAC 10 has a claim. Whatever keep's 'em winning though.

Since: Nov 5, 2008
Posted on: June 26, 2009 8:14 pm

Stoops' raise and heat-stroke deaths

Just keep paying him to bring home those Trophies!

Since: Apr 4, 2009
Posted on: June 26, 2009 7:50 pm

Stoops' raise and heat-stroke deaths

Because I am an Auburn fan I know how this is going to come off. Yes, Nick Saban is a fantastic football coach. That point can't be argued. But what I don't get is putting him up there as the greatest coach in the game arguement. For instance, he only has THREE ten win seasons in all of his time as a head coach. They were in 2001, 2003 and 2008. He has one, what I consider a "fortunate" national championship.

Botta Getta,
      You are just a jealous Auburn fan who wishes they could be number one in their own state. Dude Nick Saban is a great coach. He put LSU on the map and took Alabama, who's program was in terrible shape, and made it good again. He took alabama who was on one of the worst Probations of all time and made it better. If i were you, you should be worried about your coach. He will have a loosing record against Alabama as long as he is wait as long as Nick Saban is their Auburn will have a loosing record against Alabama...It's over dude...the winning over Alabama is not going to be their on a consistent basis from now on..not just for your team, but for any team Alabama had your time due to Alabama being on probation.... 

As far as Bob Stoops being paid 5 million is crazy. He looses in big games every year and he does not run a clean program as one of the previous comments stated. Did you guys forget what happen recently with Rhett Bomar. Every University does things they shouldn't it's just a matter of getting caught. Anyways I would have to say the Nick Saban and Urban Meyer are better coaches then Bob Stoops. My top five coaches are 1) Nick Saban
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Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: June 26, 2009 6:34 pm

Stoops' raise and heat-stroke deaths

Well said BOTTA GETTA...


The newspaper came out with the budget for Oklahoma university today and did mention the fact that
the OU athletic department (which stands alone from the university) contributed 7 million to the budget
for academics.  A lot of the athletic departments need help from the schools to meet their athletic budgets.
How much of the excess dollars from athletic department bugets went to the University budgets at the schools you singled
out such as Texas, Florida, Alabama and Georgia? I dont know but I would guess nothing. 

If a coach is responsible for bringing income to a school then he earns every cent he gets...

Since: Feb 14, 2009
Posted on: June 26, 2009 5:20 pm

Stoops' raise and heat-stroke deaths

When people mention OU's bowl ineptitude, you have to at least mention Brent Venables' name. You know, OU's defensive coordinator (and I use that term loosely). When the Sooners won it all in 2000, they did it with ridiculous defense, not by putting up massive amounts of points. Their QB was serviceable, they had a monster running game, and their defense was lights out. Now, it appears they are solid with dropping 60 a game and letting any team score 28. The problem has been, in BCS bowl games, that the other team can score as well. The defense has been horrific, and they keep getting exposed every single time OU gets to a BCS bowl game.

Hey Bob, here's an idea. Use some of that 5 mil to convince your brother to come back and coach the defense. With Venables at the helm, this defense seemingly gets worse every year. I won't even mention the special teams, thats just a joke.

Good call though, on signing Stoops. The guy knows how to put a team together, and how to keep his program clean.

Since: May 8, 2009
Posted on: June 26, 2009 4:53 pm

Stoops' raise and heat-stroke deaths

UO is gonna actually pay Stoopsie 5 mil a year to lose to Texas AND lose there bowl game?? WOW, they are a lot less intelligent than I thought even.

Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: June 26, 2009 4:40 pm

Stoops' raise and heat-stroke deaths

The alumni do put that money up. People all across the country put that money up. People want to watch Oklahoma play football all across the country. That is why they make good TV revenue. They are a successful football program in a succesful football conference. Because of that they make a lot of money from bowl games as well. On Saturdays, their stadium is full and the city is buzzing with people spending money on the football program. So, in a way, he not only earns that money, he is actually a major part of being out there raising the money to pay his own salary. It is like a commission salesman, the more profitable product he moves, the more money he makes.

Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: June 26, 2009 4:30 pm

Stoops' raise and heat-stroke deaths

The Big 12 had a bad bowl season, true. But if OU played Flawrida 10 times, OU would win 9.

Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: June 26, 2009 4:21 pm

Stoops' raise is a perversion of education

$5 million for a football coach is ridiculous and I dont care how good he is or what Dennis Dodd says.  A football coach is not a University's most important employee.  I like college football as much as anyone but surely Oklahoma can find better places in their University to spend $5 million than on the football coach.  How much money does a football coach need and how much does he want?  What is going on at the University of Oklahoma is obscene and a perversion of higher education in the state of Oklahoma.  I bet coaches at Florida and Texas and Alabama and Georgia are all going to demand their "fair" share too and more money because Bob Stoops got his.  $100,000 should be plenty for a football coach.  If he wants more, let wealthy alumnae who want to support the football program put up their money. 

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