After leading the Sooners to back-to-back Big 12 titles and appearances in the College Football Playoff, Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley has become one of the most popular coaches in all of football. In an effort to keep Riley in the fold, and perhaps prevent him from being poached by an eager NFL team, the Sooners have given their head coach an extension and a big pay raise.
According to Oklahoma beat writer Ryan Aber, Riley's new contract runs through January 2024 and is worth upwards of $6 million.
Per the report, the contract increases his base income to $3.975 million, with benefits adding up to an extra several million dollars.
USA Today reports that the $6 million salary makes him the ninth-highest paid coach in college football.
Riley has a 24-4 record in his first two seasons at the helm for the Sooners.
In addition to the back-to-back conference titles, Riley also owns the distinction of having developed back-to-back Heisman trophy winning quarterbacks in Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray.
Unfortunately for Riley's team, he has had the misfortune of running into the SEC champion in each of his appearances in the College Football Playoff.
The Sooners lost in double-overtime to Georgia in 2017, and then lost by double-digits to Alabama in 2018.
Nevertheless, Riley's aptitude for developing quarterbacks - especially one as experienced as presumptive starter Jalen Hurts - should give Oklahoma fans plenty of optimism that they can win yet another Big 12 title and go even father in the playoffs next year.