Lincoln Riley has 4.6 million reasons not to leave Oklahoma for NFL
Oklahoma gets commitment from 5-star 2021 QB Brock Vandagriff Aaron Rodgers makes ‘seven-figure gift’ to alma mater Cal Related News The Tulsa World, which received a copy of Riley’s new contract with Oklahoma, reported a buyout clause that requires Riley to pay back 22.5 percent of the remaining salary on his contract if he leaves for another job. That percentage would be $4.6 million next year and would drop about $1 million each season until the five-year, $32.5 million contract expires after the 2023 season.Riley, who will make $6 million this season with a $150,000 annual bump, said money hasn’t changed him or his family just four years after he made $500,000 in his first season as Oklahoma’s offensive coordinator in 2015. Professor Herm Edwards? It’s happening at Arizona State Lincoln Riley’s wild success in two seasons at Oklahoma has made him a prime target for NFL franchises looking for the next great, young head coach.With that in mind, the Sooners’ athletic department is doing all it can to temper the temptation of the NFL for Riley. “You get to a point where that’s not your focus,” Riley said. “We don’t live a much different lifestyle than we ever did before. That’s the way me and my wife were brought up. The joy is the job and the opportunity and sharing it with our family. That’s the focus.”Other perks outlined in Riley’s contract include:$50,000 bonus for appearing in Big 12 championship game$100,000 bonus for winning the Big 12$50,000 for a top-five finish in the College Football Playoff rankings$150,000 for a College Football Playoff semifinal appearance$400,000 bonus for winning a national championship$700,000 as an annual stay benefit if he remains employed as OU’s head coach on June 1 of each contract year20 football tickets to each gamePlaying privileges at two unnamed local golf coursesUse of a vehicle and 35 hours of private airplane availability for personal or business useAdditional $1 million deposited annually into a supplemental retirement income planRiley took over the Sooners after Bob Stoops retired unexpectedly in June 2017. He’s guided the program to back-to-back College Football Playoff appearances and a 24-4 record over the last two seasons.