Brent Venables' job is likely very secure thanks to a massive buyout.
Well, those hoping for the Sooners to make a quick change shouldn't get their hopes up.
Venables is owed his entire $43.5 million contract if he's fired without cause, according to documents obtained by The Athletic. The head coach of the Sooners currently makes $7 million, and that's set to increase by $100,000 each year through the end of the six-year deal.
Given how much money Oklahoma would have to pay, it's almost impossible to see the Sooners getting rid of him.
Brent Venables is owed a ton of money if Oklahoma fires him.
Oklahoma has a ton of cash, but that's still a very tall order. Even if Venables was dumped after the season, he'd still be owed more than $35 million.
It's incredibly difficult to believe the Sooners will make a change and eat that kind of money. Anything north of $20 million in buyout money is considered incredibly high. By that math, the first realistic window to fire Brent Venables is after his third year.
Of course, we're living in an unprecedented era of buyouts. Nebraska fired Scott Frost just a couple weeks before the program could have saved $7.5 million by firing him.
There's definitely precedent for teams sometimes ignoring the financial ramifications before canning a coach. I'm just not sure that applies when the price tag is more than $35 million at the end of the year and fully guaranteed.
Sooners fans just better hope Brent Venables turns everything around because he's just not going to get fired in the near future.