One has to admire any god-fearing, major-college program at which the head coach requires an off-season pay raise just to keep pace with the quarterback’s salary.

That’s payroll football the way we remember it back in the days of wine, roses and Eric Dickerson’s Trans Am, but there is no need to send this Oklahoma case to the committee on fractions.

Kyler Murray, the man most people think will replace Baker Mayfield at quarterback, is also an outstanding baseball player who earned a $4.6 million as Oakland’s No. 9 (overall) pick in this year’s MLB draft.

Since the NCAA graciously allows “student-athletes” to play professionally in other sports, Murray’s deal made him the highest-paid Sooner on staff until the higher ups increased coach Lincoln Riley’s annual haul to $4.8 million.

What Oklahoma really needs, though, is to raise the salary cap on defense, the only question keeping the Sooners from making another run to the college football playoff. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.