Lincoln Riley's Oklahoma contract to average $3.5M over 5 years

New Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley is getting a nice pay bump to be the Sooners’ head coach. But his salary is nowhere near what his predecessor was making.

Riley’s five-year contract to be Bob Stoops’ successor at Oklahoma was approved by the school’s board of regents Tuesday. He’ll make $3.1 million in 2017 and the contract will average $3.5 million over its term.

Stoops was making $5.5 million in 2016 according to USA Today’s coaching salary database. That figure was good for fourth among coaches behind only Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh, Alabama’s Nick Saban and Ohio State’s Urban Meyer.

Riley’s salary would put him in a tie for No. 33 in the country according to last year’s rankings. His 2017 salary is the same as what Kansas State coach Bill Snyder made in 2016 and would have been behind four other Big 12 coaches.

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Riley was set to make $1.3 million as OU’s offensive coordinator in 2017 as part of a contract extension he signed with the school earlier this year. But with Stoops’ sudden retirement earlier this month, Riley saw his salary more than double.

The second-highest paid coach in the Big 12 last season was Charlie Strong, who was fired from Texas at the end of the year. Strong made $5.2 million last season and his replacement, Tom Herman, will make $5.25 million in 2017. The contract makes Herman the highest-paid coach in the Big 12.

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy, who made nearly $3.8 million in 2016, will make $4.2 million this upcoming season as part of his contract extension with the school.

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