ESPN’s Brett McMurphy tweeted Wednesday that Louisville and head coach Charlie Strong agreed to an eight-year contract worth $3.7 million per year. That makes Strong the seventh highest-paid coach in the country (of schools that release salary information), trailing Alabama’s Nick Saban, Texas’ Mack Brown, Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops, Ohio State’s Urban Meyer, LSU’s Les Miles and Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz.
It also laps the field in the ACC, where Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher is the highest-paid coach at $2.75 million per season. (Miami, as a private school, doesn’t release Al Golden‘s salary figure. Boston College and future member Syracuse are the same. Pennsylvania has some of the worst Sunshine Laws in the country, so Pittsburgh’s coaching salaries are not public either.)
Here’s a list of ACC head coaching salaries per year (pre bonuses), with as much updated information as possible (many of the figures are from 2012, unless a new contract has been signed or a raise announced). Since Pittsburgh and Syracuse are coming on board this year and Louisville in 2014, I’ll throw them on the list too and remove Maryland. In parentheses is each school’s athletic department revenue in 2011, the most recent available data.
- Charlie Strong, Louisville — $3.7 million ($87 million)
- Jimbo Fisher, Florida State — $2.75 million ($78 million)
- Mike London, Virginia — $2.552 million ($78 million)
- Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech – $2,491 million ($66 million)
- Larry Fedora, North Carolina — $2.448 million ($75 million)
- Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech — $2.445 million ($54 million)
- Jim Grobe, Wake Forest — $2.254 million ($42 million)
- Dabo Swinney, Clemson — $2.05 million ($61 million)
- Dave Doeren, N.C. State — $1.8 million ($51 million)
- David Cutcliffe, Duke — $1.788 million ($67 million)
- Steve Addazio, Boston College — N/A ($64 million)
- Al Golden, Miami — N/A ($60 million)
- Paul Chryst, Pittsburgh — N/A ($56 million)
- Scott Shafer, Syracuse — N/A ($51 million)
Considering that revenue figure for Louisville is under the money received from the Big East’s less lucrative TV contract, it stands to figure that, financially at least, the Cardinals are going to be a force to be reckoned with once they enter the ACC.
In other news, the NCAA made a surprising announcement today that after uncovering improper conduct on the part of its investigators, it has put a hold on the investigation into Miami. That means the NCAA will not move forward with a Notice of Allegations until all the facts about the issue are known.
Here’s a longer story about the ordeal. Here’s a key quote from it, courtesy of NCAA president Mark Emmert: “If there is any information that was obtained improperly, absolutely it would be thrown out.”
What does that mean for Miami? It’s tough to say. Certainly not all of the information obtained was through improper methods. But there’s no way of knowing how much was legit and how much wasn’t at this point.
As for the Hurricanes, who many thought would get the NCAA hammer, they’ve already self-imposed two consecutive postseason bans in anticipation of penalties. I’d imagine scholarship sanctions are still in the works, considering the magnitude of the case, but would the NCAA consider any additional postseason ban, especially in light of this new information? Just basing it off penalties other schools have gotten, it seems like that would be unlikely.