The hiring of Charlie Strong may be a tad more expensive than you might have originally thought, but Texas should be able to handle the bill regardless. As calculated by Dallas Morning News, Texas will spend close to $13 million on head coach-related expenses this year. That sum could increase to $14 million as well if Strong meets various incentives this fall.
How much it cost Texas to hire the search firm to hire Strong was reported yesterday. Texas spent a total of $266,990 on the search firm that helped lead the Longhorns to hiring the head coach from Louisville. But that was just the beginning of the total cost for making the coaching change. Before the search could begin though, Texas had to agree on a buyout price tag with the now former head coach, Mack Brown. Brown was being paid $5.4 million per year, and the university will owe him a reported $3.25 million. Strong will make $5 million this upcoming season.
Strong’s contract at Louisville also required a buyout, which Texas will pick up the tab. That will add another $4.375 million to the expense report. Between the costs for the search firm, Strong’s salary for the upcoming season and the combined buyouts to be paid for Brown and Strong’s Louisville contract, the Longhorns are up to a total of $12.892 million to be paid for head coach expenses in football.
Fortunately for the Longhorns, Texas can pretty much print their own money and the donors are plentiful. It may sound ludicrous to be committing so much money for one personnel change, but if it leads to Texas football making a return to the top of the Big 12 and emerging as a giant in the College Football Playoff era, it will all be worth it in the end in Austin.
Ole Miss will be without a starting piece of its defensive puzzle for an extended period of time, both the player and the school revealed Tuesday.
With rumors swirling about his condition, C.J. Johnson confirmed on his personal Twitter account late this morning that he will be undergoing surgery at some point in the not-too-distant future. The linebacker sustained an injury to his left knee in last Saturday’s loss to Florida and did not return to the contest.
Subsequent to that posting, Ole Miss confirmed that Johnson underwent surgery earlier in the day to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. The procedure and rehab will sideline Johnson for a period of 4-6 weeks.
At the low-end of the prognosis, Johnson would miss the next four games — New Mexico State, Memphis, Texas A&M, Auburn — and return for the Nov. 7 game against Arkansas. The high-end would have him sidelined until the regular-season finale against Mississippi State.
Johnson had started all five games at middle linebacker for the Rebels. He started 26 games at defensive end the past three years before moving to linebacker.
Already in the crosshairs for his 2-3 team’s late-game failures, Butch Jones now finds himself under increasing scrutiny for something that allegedly happened a couple of months ago.
The website Gridiron.com, which features such respected journalists Tony Barnhart and Mike Huguenin among others, reported earlier today that the Tennessee head coach was involved in what was described as a “physical altercation” with senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder during summer camp this past August. The source close to the program added that practice film that day captured the alleged incident, although it’s unclear if that tapes still exists.
From the site’s report:
The incident occurred during fall camp, about the time that news started to come out about a few offensive linemen who were considering stepping away from the program. Crowder walked off the practice field one day and missed a day or two of practice, and Brett Kendrick and Dylan Wiesman were said to be contemplating their futures. Sources say the players’ actions stemmed from an incident between Jones and Crowder.
The website also made a Freedom of Information request seeking any correspondence between the university and the Crowder family be turned over, but writes that UT “administrators said any sort of letter or correspondence that may or may not have happened was covered under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.”
Monday, Jones labeled what began as message-board speculation that he had struck one of his Vols players as “absolutely ridiculous.” The Knoxville News Sentinel contacted Crowder’s father, with the paper writing that “he had no comment and did not want to give validation to message boards.”
At least publicly, the university has yet to address the allegations. Jones will get yet another chance to address the speculation with the media in the very near future.