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UT regents likely to meet next week, finalize Strong contract

Posted January 8th, 2014

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The UT System Board of Regents will likely have a special meeting next week to approve the five-year contract for new head football coach Charlie Strong, a UT source with knowledge of the process said.

Strong has agreed to a five-year deal worth approximately $5 million annually. However, all UT contracts must be approved by the board of regents, according to state law. That’s viewed as a formality at this point as two regents served on the eight-person search committee, Steve Hicks and Robert Stillwell.

The next regularly scheduled regents meeting is Feb. 5-6.

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Also, there has been no movement on finalizing the buyout package for former coach Mack Brown, the source said.

Once Brown stepped down as head coach, that triggered a clause in his contract where he would receive a minimum of $500,000 as the special assistant to the university president. However, Brown’s lawyer and UT benefactor Joe Jamail has told the American-Statesman he was hoping for more.

If Texas terminated Brown, he was scheduled to receive $2.75 million, according to his contract.

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