Bob Stoops joining college football's $5 million club in 2014, per report

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The Oklahoma coach was already one of the highest-paid in the country.

Bob Stoops was the nation's fifth-highest paid coach last season (at $4.7 million plus bonuses), but he's about to get another pay raise, according to CBS Sports:

Stoops - coming off a fourth straight double-digit-win season and a resounding Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama - is expected to hit the $5 million annual threshold sooner than in his current deal, which reportedly called for $5-plus million from 2016-18 after escalators.

In other words, he won't make Nick Saban money ($6.9 million), but he'll be more in line with Texas' Charlie Strong ($5 million) and Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin ($5 million), possibly higher.

Stoops won't have any years added to his deal, which already lasts until 2020.

A consistent winner at Oklahoma, Stoops has, perhaps unreasonably, come under fire from fans for his struggles in big games. He's made nine BCS bowl games and two Cotton Bowls, winning the BCS Championship in 2000, but he's just 5-6 in those games. Still, no Big 12 coach has had as much sustained success over the past decade than Stoops.

His name appeared in NFL coaching rumors this offseason.

Coming off its surprise Sugar Bowl win over Alabama, Oklahoma figures to be one of the best teams in the country this season and is a contender to make the inaugural College Football Playoff.

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