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New deal pushes Charlie Strong into Top 10 in coaching pay

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As expected, rumors connecting Charlie Strong to various vacancies during the latest spinning of the coaching carousel have paid off in a big way for the Louisville coach.

According to‘s Brett McMurphy, the UofL and Strong have reached an agreement on a new eight-year contract that will pay the third-year coach an average of $3.7 million a season.  That number marks a nearly 70-percent increase in pay for Strong; according to the USA Today salaries database, Strong earned $2.305 million in 2012.

If those numbers are accurate, Strong would become the seventh-highest paid head coach in college football, behind only Alabama’s Nick Saban ($5.5 million), Texas’ Mack Brown ($5.4 million), Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops ($4.5 million), Ohio State’s Urban Meyer ($4.3 million), LSU’s Les Miles ($3.9 million) and Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz ($3.8 million) (LOL).

The financial heights the new deal reached should come as no surprise as, during the 2012 season, athletic director Tom Jurich stated he was willing to make Strong the highest-paid coach at the FBS level if that’s what it took to retain him.

In early December, Strong turned down an offer to become the head coach at Tennessee.  At the time, it was reported that Louisville was in the process of working up a revamped contract for the coach.

Strong had also been connected to the Auburn opening, speculation which the coach vehemently denied.

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6 Responses to “New deal pushes Charlie Strong into Top 10 in coaching pay”
  1. crazycane says: Jan 23, 2013 1:18 PM

    We’ll see how good Strong is when he doesn’t have Hurtt paying recruits to go to Louisville.

    Miami got Failure To Monitor!!! Not even the dreaded LOIC!!!

    The Coaches are going to pay for it more than UM will.

  2. mhalt99 says: Jan 23, 2013 1:56 PM

    wow Congrats to Coach Strong and the UL program!

    I guess now that they are in the ACC all of the players who are working hard and have worked hard to make that happen will be getting raises too.

    seriously, when are we going to stop kidding ourselves that this is amateur football. these kids bring in billions and get a pittance in return. clock is ticking……

  3. effjohntaylornorelation says: Jan 23, 2013 2:01 PM

    No $hit LOL, Ferentz is raping Iowa!

  4. 1chilla says: Jan 23, 2013 2:21 PM

    Damn charlie nice come up college football is the only sport i know have a good season n u get paid for life

  5. scalpemseminoles says: Jan 23, 2013 4:07 PM

    Ferentz? really? LOL

  6. floridacock says: Jan 23, 2013 7:45 PM

    Congrats to Charlie. But I still think he will wind up at a big “name” school eventually.

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