Bob Stoops has been Oklahoma’s head coach since 1999 and it looks like he’s going to be there a whole lot longer. On Monday the 51-year-old coach was rewarded with a seven-year, $34.5 million extension that will keep him in charge of the Sooners through 2018.
Oklahoma’s board of regents decided to give Stoops a $75,000 increase in his annual salary and additional bonuses that will kick in if he stays in Norman. His annual take will grow every years and will top out in $5.15 million in salary and bonuses over the final three years.
Stoops is set to make $4.875 this year, including an $800,000 bonus he got on January 1.
Oklahoma’s president David Boren made the following statement before recommending the approval of Stoops’ new deal:
“I don’t think I need to add anything to the proof that he gave to the national viewing audience that there’s no better coach in the country than he is.”
While that’s a bit strong for our tastes, Stoops has been wildly successful in Norman. He is currently in his 13th season at Oklahoma, and has a record of 131-31. He has taken the Sooners to eight BCS bowls, and won a BCS title in 2000.
Stoops’ Sooners are currently the No. 1 team in the nation, and are coming off a big win over Florida State this weekend.
Oklahoma did the right thing locking up Stoops. While we’re sure he loves it there, he has been rumored to be looking at other options over the past few seasons. Florida and Notre Dame both looked into his availability and our sources claim that he listened both times, before deciding against taking on a new challenge.