College Football's Latest Million Dollar Man: Oklahoma Offensive Coordinator Lincoln Riley

By D.J. Byrnes on May 11, 2017 at 7:25 pm
Dec 3, 2016; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley (right) during the game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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One quirk about college football is schools have to spend their massive earnings to maintain their non-profit status.

The latest example of such expenditures is at Oklahoma, where the Sooners just extended 33-year-old offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley through the 2020 season and made him the sixth assistant in the country to earn more than $1 million per season.


Oklahoma's Board of Regents on Thursday approved a three-year extension for offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Lincoln Riley, which runs through Jan. 31, 2020. The extension raises Riley's salary to $1.3 million per year and is the longest ever for an OU assistant coach.

According to USA TODAY's assistant coaches salary database, only five assistant coaches made $1.3 million or more in 2016, led by Texas A&M OC John Chavis at $1.56 million. Riley is the highest-paid assistant coach of the Bob Stoops era and the only assistant to ever top the $1 million mark.

This might lead you to ask, hey, how much are Ohio State coordinators Greg Schiano and Kevin Wilson making? Eleven Warriors requested that information four months ago.

We're still waiting to hear back from the state institution about its employee salaries.

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