New OU football offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby will be among the highest-paid college football assistants

Ryan Aber
Oklahoman
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NORMAN — Jeff Lebby will be one of the highest-paid assistant coaches in college football next season.

Lebby has agreed to a three-year, $5.7 million deal, according to documents released by OU on Friday in response to an open-records request by The Oklahoman and USA Today.

Lebby will be paid $1.8 million in his first season, with annual increases of $100,000 each of the next two seasons.

Defensive coordinator Ted Roof’s contract is three years and $3.45 million, according to the abbreviated compensation summary provided by OU. Full contract details, such as buyout terms, were not released.

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Vanderbilt defensive coordinator Ted Roof talks with linebacker Kenny Hebert (21) during spring practice on Feb. 25, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn.

Roof will make $1.1 million during the 2022 season with annual increases of $50,000 in each of the next two seasons.

Both deals also call for a $90,000 bonus should the Sooners win a national title.

Lebby’s and Roof’s deals are subject to approval by the OU Board of Regents. The regents aren’t scheduled to meet again until March.

Lebby’s contract would make him the highest-paid offensive coordinator in college football among public universities, as it stands currently.

Clemson’s Tony Elliott is the highest paid this season at $2.125 million — before an agreed-upon pay reduction and delayed pay increase due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Elliott recently was hired as Virginia’s head coach.

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Mississippi offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby talks to quarterback Matt Corral before facing Vanderbilt on Nov. 20 in Oxford, Miss.

Ohio State’s Kevin Wilson, a former OU offensive coordinator, is making $1.4 million this season.

Lebby had spent the last two seasons as Ole Miss' offensive coordinator. He will be with the Rebels for the Sugar Bowl against Baylor on Jan. 1 before assuming his duties at OU full time.

Lebby’s contract at Ole Miss, which ran through next season, calls for him to pay a $750,000 buyout.

Roof spent last season as a defensive analyst with Clemson, where he assisted Brent Venables, who was hired Dec. 5 to replace Lincoln Riley as head coach.

Venables agreed to a six-year, $43.5 million deal, according to a document released last week by the school in response to an open-records request by The Oklahoman.

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