College football: New Year lucrative for Stoops

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 2, 2009

Associated Press
NORMAN, Okla. ó Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops earned $3 million when the calendar flipped.
A clause in Stoops’ contract ó approved in 2005 by the university’s board of regents ó provided for the 48-year-old coach to receive a so-called “stay bonus” of $3 million after completing 10 seasons as the Sooners’ coach.
Stoops was scheduled to receive the bonus if he remained at Oklahoma through 2008, which ended Wednesday. He was hired as the Sooners’ coach in December 1998, replacing John Blake.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. ó Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman was expected to announce that he’s skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft.
A person with knowledge of Freeman’s decision told The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly, on Thursday the school planned to make a formal announcement today.
Freeman holds Kansas State career records with 680 completions, 8,078 yards and 44 touchdowns. He threw for 2,945 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2008 and also ran for 404 yards and 14 scores.
TULSA, Okla. ó Tulsa coach Todd Graham has agreed to a new 10-year contract that could keep him with the Golden Hurricane through the 2018 season.
Graham, who has coached Tulsa to its first back-to-back 10-win seasons in school history, agreed to the extension only two days after offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn left Tulsa to take the same position at Auburn.
The Golden Hurricane (10-3) will face Ball State (12-1) in the GMAC Bowl on Tuesday.