Kyler Murray set to make more than Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley this year
On Monday night, Kyler Murray became the No. 9 overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft as the Oakland A’s picked him in Round 1.
However, he’s still going to play football for the Sooners this fall, and he’s expected to be the team’s starting quarterback.
If he signs his projected rookie contract, though, he’ll end up making more this season than his coach — Lincoln Riley.
Even though Riley just got a raise after leading the Sooners to the College Football Playoff in his first year at the helm of the program, he likely won’t make as much as Murray’s projected $4.76 million. In fact, that salary would make Murray the third-highest paid person in the entire Big 12:
As the 9th pick in MLB Draft, Kyler Murray's "Pick Value" is $4.76m
If he signs and plays football for OU he would be 3rd highest paid in Big 12 behind Tom Herman ($5.5m) and Gary Patterson ($5.1m)
Ahead of his coach Lincoln Riley, who will make $3.1m pic.twitter.com/ZXoScSSUYT
— William DuPont (@WilliamDuPontJ5) June 5, 2018
Murray’s reported agreement with the A’s stipulates that he’ll be allowed to play football this fall, but then he’ll begin his pro baseball career.
That means he’ll forgo his final year of football eligibility, but he has nearly five million reasons to pursue baseball instead.