Texas coach Charlie Strong shook up his coaching staff one week into the 2015 season. (RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN- STATESMAN)

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Charlie Strong the fifth highest paid coach in America

Posted November 19th, 2014

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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).

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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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