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Texas regents approve Charlie Strong’s five-year, $26 million deal

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Texas coach Charlie Strong will earn $5 million his first year in Austin, then receive a raise of $100,000 his next four years to bring the total value of his contract to $26 million. The Texas board of regents approved that contract today.

Additionally, Strong can earn $100,000 for winning coach of the year, $100,000 per Big 12 championship win, $100,000 for each berth in the national championship and $250,000 for each national championship win. He’ll also earn a 3 percent bonus if Texas finishes in the top five and a 2 percent bonus if it finishes in the top 10. (All that info via the San Antonio Express-News/Houston Chronicle’s Mike Finger, who also laid out Strong’s academic incentives)

Only three coaches earned $5 million or more in 2013 — Nick Saban, Mack Brown and Bret Bielema (though private institutions such as Notre Dame and Stanford do not have to report salaries). Strong earned $3.7 million from Louisville in 2013, making him the 10th highest-paid college football coach, according to USA Today.

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9 Responses to “Texas regents approve Charlie Strong’s five-year, $26 million deal”
  1. texizz says: Jan 13, 2014 12:48 PM

    Congratulations to Charlie Strong and Texas! I hope he collects every penny of every incentive on this contract! We support The Texas Stronghorns 100%.

  2. Professor Fate says: Jan 13, 2014 1:50 PM

    If only Texas would commit this kind of money to actual education, especially in the early development years of young children. Maybe my nieces would have a better environment in which to learn and more resources to enrich the experience.

    But, hey, congrats to UT for landing a guy who might end the embarrassment of having a mediocre college football team. Gotta go now, attending a fund raiser so my local schools can afford books, pencils, and lunches.

  3. dhardy8207 says: Jan 13, 2014 1:51 PM

    Glad to see they’re showing him with this contract how valuable they think he is. Old saying says “put your money where your mouth is”, and this should go along way with those that doubt his abilities and restore confidence that the university supports him fully.

  4. 10kmp says: Jan 13, 2014 2:57 PM

    “Only three coaches earned $5 million or more in 2013 — Nick Saban, Mack Brown and Bret Bielema”

    LOL… What idiot decided Bret Bielema was worth 5 mil? That is too funny. Karma!!!

  5. thefiesty1 says: Jan 13, 2014 3:19 PM

    Now all he’s got to do is win (BIG).

  6. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 13, 2014 3:24 PM

    10kmp says:
    Jan 13, 2014 2:57 PM

    “Only three coaches earned $5 million or more in 2013 — Nick Saban, Mack Brown and Bret Bielema”

    LOL… What idiot decided Bret Bielema was worth 5 mil? That is too funny. Karma!!!
    __________________________________

    How awesome is it that that douche came into the SEC and lost all his SEC games and is riding a 9 game losing streak into 2014….

    He’s such a douche…

  7. burntorangehorn says: Jan 13, 2014 5:35 PM

    ProfessorFate: you do realize that the Texas athletics department is one of the few self-sustaining depts in the nation, and that it actually contributes money to the university? Most athletics programs, including baby brother in College Station, are the opposite: they operate in the red and draw the difference from university funds.

    I agree that the state of Texas is horrible at educating kids, but that has exactly zero to do with Charlie Strong.

    Back on the topic: ugh. Strong’s a B- hire. Not bad, but maybe the A hires (Dantonio, Shaw, etc.) just weren’t interested, and Strong was the best they thought they could get, he’ll have to do. It could be worse, after all; they could’ve hired James Franklin or John Gruden. The major downside of Strong so far has been mostly adequate (Chris Rumph) to below-average (Chris Vaughn, Shawn Watson, Tommie Robinson, Vance Bedford, Brian Jean-Mary) assistant coach moves. Wickline’s by far the best hiring Texas has made all year, and that includes Strong and AD Steve Patterson.

    This isn’t a disastrous hire, but he’s going to need to find a real OC to get anywhere.

  8. dmcgrann says: Jan 13, 2014 10:26 PM

    Gosh, someone should tell Jon Gruden that a lot of posters on CFT have decided his fist name is “John”. He may want to go to the DMV.

  9. dmcgrann says: Jan 13, 2014 10:26 PM

    fist=first. Sheesh.

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