Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray matches coach's salary with MLB deal

Kyler Murray plans to switch from college football to pro baseball once his season ends with the Sooners.

Story highlights

  • Oklahoma QB drafted in MLB first round
  • Signed $4.66 million deal with Oakland A's
  • Will return to play football junior year

(CNN)Here's one way to get paid in American college athletics: Go professional in another sport.

That's exactly what University of Oklahoma quarterback and Major League Baseball prospect Kyler Murray did when he signed a $4.66 million deal with the Oakland Athletics this month.
The 21-year-old junior will fight for a starting quarterback spot with the No. 3 ranked Sooners this season before joining the A's in January.
    The deal pays Murray nearly the same salary as Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley, who is set to receive $4.8 million this year.
    But he's not letting the dollar signs go to his head -- especially when more than 100 of his teammates are living off student-athlete stipends of a few thousand dollars each.
    "To me, I'm still broke," Murray told the Chicago Tribune. "I'm not the kind of guy to come up here and blow money."
    He added: "They obviously made fun of having money. All that stuff, they make fun of it, but it's all been good. They showed love, supported me through it all, I'm very thankful for that."