Oklahoma has given offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley a three-year contract extension. News reports, including from NewsOK.com, put the salary figure at $1.3 million annually.
The school’s Board of Regents approved the extension Thursday, the longest in school history for an assistant. The 33-year-old’s contract now runs through the 2019 season.
Riley’s extension will help counter the recruiting pitch used against OU for offensive talent that Riley wouldn’t be around much longer.
It also sets up quite a battle of high-priced chess moves between the Big 12 rival Sooners and the Texas Longhorns on Oct. 14 in Dallas.
Texas regents on Wednesday approved a three-year contract at $1.09 million a year for Longhorns defensive coordinator Todd Orlando. The Austin American-Stateman reported it was the most lucrative contract ever given to a Longhorns assistant.
The UT offensive coordinator on first-year head coach Tom Herman’s staff, Tim Beck, will make $790,000 a year.
In 2015, Oklahoma ranked fourth nationally in scoring and seventh in total offense as the Sooners qualified for the College Football Playoff. Riley won the Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach.
Last season, the Sooners set an NCAA record for passing efficiency rating, led the nation in pass completion percentage and ranked second in total offense. His units have included three top-four finishes in the Heisman balloting.
This story includes material from The Associated Press.