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