Kruger contract has postseason bonuses, big buyout

New Oklahoma men’s basketball coach Lon Kruger will have 20

hours of private plane usage and bonuses of up to $175,000 under

terms of his new contract.

Kruger’s seven-year, $16.6 million deal was released Friday

after an open records request by The Associated Press. It includes

a bonus structure that will pay him $25,000 for reaching the NCAA

tournament and up to $175,000 for leading the Sooners to the

national championship.

In essence, Kruger will earn an additional $25,000 bonus for

each NCAA tournament game Oklahoma wins. He’d get $50,000 for

getting the team to the second round, $75,000 for the third round

and so on.

The basic terms of the agreement were released in May, when

university regents approved a $2 million salary package for Kruger

that will increase by $100,000 each year. He gets a $250,000 base

salary, $500,000 for promotional and fundraising activities,

$950,000 for personal services and a $300,000 ”stay bonus” each


Other details – such as the bonus structure and buyout

provisions – couldn’t be released until after Kruger signed the

final deal.

The contract includes a buyout of $1.2 million per year

remaining on the deal at the time Kruger is let go. That number

increases to $2 million per year if university president David

Boren and athletic director Joe Castiglione are no longer at

Oklahoma and Kruger gets fired.

Kruger’s bonuses are bigger than those of predecessor Jeff

Capel, who could have received up to $100,000 for winning the

national title, but he won’t get the $20,000 bonuses Capel was

entitled to receive for winning 20 games and for finishing in the

Top 25.

Kruger’s contract also includes two clauses in sections related

to compliance with NCAA and university rules that require Kruger to

respond ”accurately and fully within a reasonable time to any

request or inquiry relating to the performance of his duties during

his University employment.”

That wording was not included in the most recent contract for

Capel, who was fired in March with the program under investigation

by the NCAA.

Kruger also gets the use of two vehicles for himself and his

wife, tickets to home and away basketball games for personal use,

six tickets to Sooners football games, and travel accommodations

for his wife at road games. Capel had similar provisions in his