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Texas changes up its coaching contracts

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One of the results of the change of leadership at Texas is the new approach the Longhorns are taking to paying their assistant football coaches, according to a story on Sunday from the USA Today.

In the past, Texas assistants were employed on an ‘at-will’ basis, meaning there was no set term for how long they would coach and no guaranteed compensation if they were fired.

Under new athletic director Steve Patterson, Texas is moving toward employing its football assistants under multi-year contracts for the first time. The proposal is currently being considered by the university’s Board of Regents.

If it goes through, each Charlie Strong’s nine full-time assistants will get a guaranteed two-year deal that could be renewed for an additional year. The highest-paid assistant will be defensive coordinator Vance Bedford, who will make $800,000 for the 2014 season. Offensive coordinator Shawn Watson will make $650,000. As a group, Strong’s assistants will make $3.84 million.

The new rules should make Texas even more attractive to top assistants and promote stability on its coaching staff.

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3 Responses to “Texas changes up its coaching contracts”
  1. goodfieldnohit says: Feb 2, 2014 11:09 PM

    And when they lose 6 games next year, they will regret this.

  2. normtide says: Feb 3, 2014 1:34 PM

    I think we all saw how attractive the Texas job is. Strong wasn’t a top ten candidate for them. Also, assistants chose jobs by who they will be working for, not what school. Unless they have ties already. Texas is just one of 20 or so top jobs. No better, no worse really.

  3. 8to80texansblog says: Feb 3, 2014 3:59 PM

    I still think that Texas is a very attractive job…. The longhorns have the same problem in my opinion as the dallas cowboys…. they need to get the brass out of the way and let the coaches do their job. A lot of top name coaches don’t want their legacies in the hands of boosters and board members.

    As an Aggie, and I’m being totally serious, I like the Strong hire. I think he is a tough as nails kind of guy and I love some of the rules he’s instituting…

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