Texas football coach Charlie Strong’s 2014 salary is fifth highest among college football coaches, according to a salary database put together by USA Today.
Strong, who is making $5,000,270 in total pay, is second in the Big 12 to Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops ($5,058,333). Former Longhorns coach Mack Brown made $5,453,750 last year at Texas.
Alabama’s Nick Saban, at $7,160,187, tops the list in a landslide. He makes about $1.5 more than Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio ($5,636,145). Stoops is third followed by Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin ($5,058,333).
Rounding out the top 10 are Ohio State’s Urban Meyer ($4,486,640), LSU’s Les Miles ($4,300,000), Penn State’s James Franklin ($4,300,000), Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz ($4,075,000), and South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier ($4,000,000).
At $1 million, Strong’s maximum bonus is highest among the top five paid coaches. He already triggered a $25,000 bonus for getting the Longhorns to a bowl game. Should they win, he’ll earn an additional $25,000.
Louisville’s Bobby Petrino, who replaced Strong at that school, is making $3 million. Strong pulled in $3.7 million last year at Louisville.
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