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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 7, 2006
Posted on: June 26, 2009 4:10 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. Fortunate in the fact there were no undefeated teams that year. Yes, LSU may have been the best team out there but they are fortunate that no other schools ran the table, thus being allowed a shot at the championship. He followed that year up with a 9-4 season. He followed up his ten win season in 01 with an 8-5 mark in 02. Hell, Les Miles had three straight ten win seasons with a "fortunate" national title in 07. I am not saying Saban won't do great things at Alabama, but lets let him do them first before we rename any trophies after him. Remember, Mike Shula once had a ten win season there too, well, until recently.

Since: Apr 9, 2009
Posted on: June 26, 2009 4:02 pm

Even though he's pumping up OU . . .

Dodd is still a douche!

Since: Jun 6, 2008
Posted on: June 26, 2009 3:41 pm

Stoops' raise and heat-stroke deaths

You can use a dead girls credit card and steal your roomates laptop and stay on the team. But if you get arrested i might have to cut you.

Nice try at slamming Meyer.  Both players were released from the team after said incidents occured.Foot in mouth

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: June 26, 2009 3:01 pm

Stoops' raise and heat-stroke deaths

Well I agree and disagree with you.  First, I agree in that Stoops is getting paid a whole lot of money to not be able to win the big one.  That does not take away from the fact that he is a good football coach but his BCS record is pretty atrocious.  However, he runs a good and a clean program, which leads me to where I disagree with you.

Meyer does not deserve more.  OK he may be able to win a big game but he also has no control over it.  He is leading UF to the hallowed halls of the old "U" of Miami notoriety.  26 arrests...yep he is a heck of a role model to his players that is promoting self control and doing the right thing.  There is more to a program than winning and Meyer is failing there.  Furthermore, if the guy gets paid any more money and doted on much more then he can quit coaching to become one of those huge floating blimps in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.  His head and ego keep him floating.

Finally, just like an SEC fan to have to throw into every post and debate how "my conference is better than your conference".  I bet in elementary school you bragged that your Dad was better than the other kids Dad and in high school you liked to throw out there that your manhood was longer too.  I live in Florida and these SEC fans are fanatical over something mythical.  Have yet to see a conference battle all star game.

Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: June 26, 2009 2:44 pm

Stoops & Saban the Top Dogs

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I think Stoops & Saban are the two best coaches in college football. I know this will bring out the cry babies from florida nation. Yes the water lizards won ther big game. But Sabam had the gators on the ropes and were ahead late without even a average QB. If Saban had even a good not even great QB they would have won that game. The nc game the Sooners couldn't punch it in when they got close. But i would't say meyer the mouth out coached Stoops. Meyer the mouth won, but he wins with all his thugs and jailbirds. Most coaches would put half his team in the road for their arrest records, but meyer the mouth just wants wins. You can use a dead girls credit card and steal your roomates laptop and stay on the team. But if you get arrested i might have to cut you. Plus you dont have to study. Flordia's football ranked where last year in grades in the nation, i think it was LAST. So with meyer the mouth you can lie, steal, and cheat and dont have to to study to play for meyer. So dont put him in the class with these two great coaches.

Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: June 26, 2009 2:09 pm

Stoops' raise and heat-stroke deaths

I have no issues with Bob Stoops becoming a 5 Mil. coach in the college ranks.  His success speaks for itself.  One could say that the bowl record his team at OU is not where it should be in the win column, however, the ability he and his staff have exhibited year in and year out is a testimony in of itself.

Congratulations to Stoops and his family.  Congratulations to the Sooner fans.  Looks like he's going to reside in OK for sometime.

And last time I looked, his arrest record is a tad bit better than

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: June 26, 2009 1:37 pm
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Since: Dec 15, 2008
Posted on: June 26, 2009 12:54 pm

Stoops' raise and heat-stroke deaths

Over paid.  Both Stoops and Dodd.
It's not too hard to have the highest scoring offense since 1904 when you play in a conference that doesn't play defenese (the the exception of Texas... and we know how that turned out.)

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Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: June 26, 2009 12:43 pm
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Since: Dec 24, 2008
Posted on: June 26, 2009 12:32 pm

Its not a raise Bobby its a bullseye

Look say what you will, Bob Stoops is one of if not the best coach in CFB, year in and year out. However his Big Game Bob nickname has taken on a different meaning of late. He recruits great teams and through the regular season his is one of the winningest coaches in the country, But come December and January lately he hasn't produced. It seems lately the only way he could win a BCS Bowl game is if it happened to be against Ohio State (as an alum from a fellow Big 10 school, haha). Bobby I hope this money gives you the drive to win in January and quiet those (like me) who delight with every bowl loss you incur. But if you don't, don't think you'll be making $5 million a year for long because one thing history has taught us it is if you coach at the Nebraska's, Oklahoma's, USC's, Michigan's, Ohio State's, and to a lesser extent now Notre Dame's of college football the only thing that matters is the the major bowl victories.

I am sure you all have opinions on this...... fire away

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