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So at $25,100 for tuition, it takes 535 full pay students just to pay for the football coaches. I find this appauling.Texas is in effect paying, or at least helping to pay, three head coaches this season. There is, of course, its own first-year head coach, Tom Herman, whom it hired away from Houston late last year. Herman’s first-year salary of $5.25 million catapulted him into the top tier of college coaches in only his third season in charge of a program.
Then there is Texas’ previous coach, Charlie Strong. The university fired Strong in November, three years into a five-year contract, requiring Texas to pay him about $5.2 million for each of the remaining two seasons. Strong’s contract obligated him to try to mitigate his buyout with a new job, which he did, getting hired as the coach at the University of South Florida. But South Florida wisely structured Strong’s contract to take advantage of Texas’ obligation, paying him just $1 million in each of his first two years before kicking in a large raise once Strong leaves the Texas payroll. His South Florida compensation knocked $500,000 off Texas’ annual contribution, meaning the Longhorns will pay him about $4.7 million this year (and also next year).
Finally, Texas is also effectively subsidizing the salary of Houston’s new coach, Major Applewhite. As a condition of Herman’s contract with Houston, he owed the Cougars $2.5 million for breaking his deal to take the new job. But Texas assumed that obligation and, according to the Houston athletic director’s reported remarks, declined Houston’s offer to make up that deficit by scheduling home-and-home series in basketball and football. The lump sum Texas will pay instead should take care of nearly two years of Applewhite’s $1.5 million salary.