By John Shinn
NORMAN — Oklahoma’s board of regents approved the hiring of offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh, special teams coordinator/tight ends coach Jay Boulware and defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery on Wednesday. They also approved raises for all the assistant coaches on the football staff with the exception of defensive coordinator Mike Stoops.
In all, the group will make $438,000 more than last season’s staff.
Co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel received the largest raise. The 35-year old received a $200,000-a-year raise to $550,000 per season. Heupel also joined Mike Stoops’ status with a multi-year contract. Heupel’s deal is effective through the 2015 season. He will also net a $55,000 bonus if OU wins a national championship in the next three seasons.
Co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell received a $50,000 raise to $400,000 for next season. Running backs coach Cale Gundy was given a $35,000 raise to $300,000. Cornerbacks coach Bobby Jack Wright will also make $300,000 next season after receiving a $20,000 bump in pay. Linebackers coach Tim Kish was awarded a $10,000 raise to $279,000.
What the OU athletic department will pay Bedenbaugh, Boulware and Montgomery will be significantly higher than the coaches they have replaced.
Bedenbaugh will make $315,000. His salary is $50,000 more than former guards and centers coach James Patton made last season. Boulware will be the staff’s lowest paid assistant at $270,000, but his salary is $18,000 more than tackles and tight ends coach Bruce Kittle made last season. Montgomery’s $325,000 salary is the most among any of the coaches without a coordinator title. He’ll also make $55,000 more than former defensive tackles coach Jackie Shipp.
There was no action taken on the contracts of OU head coach Bob Stoops or Mike Stoops. Bob Stoops still has six years left on a seven-year, $34.5-million deal he signed in September 2011 that runs through the 2018 season. He’ll make $4.55 million this season. Mike Stoops is one year into a three-year $1.8-million deal, which pays him $600,000 annually. He’ll receive a $50,000 stay-bonus if he’s still the Sooners’ defensive coordinator in May. He’ll receive another $50,000 bonus if he stays through May 2014. In all, Bob Stoops and his assistant coaches will make $7.889 million in the 2013 season. The total doesn’t include potential bonuses.