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Charlie Strong takes head coaching job at University of Texas

By Annie Moore


Less than a week after losing its starting quarterback, the University of Louisville football program took another big hit on Saturday. Head Football Coach Charlie Strong accepted an offer to become the Head Coach at the University of Texas.

After much media speculation Friday night and all day Saturday, Strong officially accepted the offer Saturday night. Strong spoke with Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich following a staff meeting Saturday morning before making the commitment official. It was reportedly important to Strong to speak to Jurich before the announcement was made.

Before Coach Strong’s arrival, Louisville had three-consecutive losing seasons. Strong was 37-15 in his four years at Louisville, including three bowl wins and two consecutive double-digit win seasons.

Strong’s $3.7 million base salary at Louisville made him one of the top ten highest-paid college football coaches in the country.

Strong is the third big name to announce his departure from Louisville in the past week. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and Safety Calvin Pryor both announced earlier in the week that they would enter the 2014 National Football League draft.

Despite his desire to meet with Jurich before making it official, Strong neglected to hold a meeting with the team. Many players found out their coach was leaving through social media and television reports.

This is an ongoing story, the Louisville Cardinal will monitor and provide updates as they become available. 


Board of trustees vote to extend Dr. Ramsey’s contract to 2020

by Rea Hodge–

According to a news release from the University of Louisville, the board of trustees voted Oct. 13 to extend U of L President James Ramsey’s contract on until June 30, 2020. Ramsey’s contract would have expired on June 30, 2012.

Although the release includes a statement from board member Robert Hughes saying terms of the agreement – including compensation – would be addressed later, Ramsey already received a five percent salary increase in July. Currently, Ramsey’s yearly salary is over $478,000.

Ramsey was widely applauded by the Louisville and national press in the last 3 years for declining yearly performance bonuses of over $100,000 for which he was eligible. In a statement released by the university in 2009, board trustee Salem George quotes Ramsey, saying that he “won’t accept a salary increase while U of L’s faculty and staff are receiving the same pay as last year.”

When the U of L board of trustees finance and personnel committees met on May 12, the finance committee approved a merit-based salary increase of three percent for faculty and staff.

This year Ramsey accepted his bonus, saying “this year, since we were able to get raises for the faculty, I decided to take the bonus, which I’ll be re-investing that into the school.”

In the same meeting, a six percent undergraduate tuition hike was approved for the 2011-2012 year, marking the eleventh consecutive year of tuition increase for U of L students.

Along with the tuition increase, the committee approved an increase in the already-controversial residential meal plan. Costs increased from $745 to $930 for those students in housing with kitchens, and $1,165 to $1,460 for those in halls without kitchens, as reported by The Louisville Cardinal in March.

Ramsey says that he and his wife will be putting part of the bonus back into a scholarship fund that they both created for low-income students of Shawnee High School.

Other investments will include contributions to the university library, the University of Louisville College of Business and into spinal cord injury research.

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Coach Strong’s contract extended through 2018

By Aaron Williams–

The University of Louisville and football head coach Charlie Strong agreed upon a seven-year contract extension last week that will keep Coach Strong on the Cardinals’ sideline through the 2018 season. The contract will reportedly raise Strong’s yearly base salary from $1.5 million to $2.3 million.

University vice president and athletic director Tom Jurich said in remarks to the media that the contract will be backdated to July 1, 2011 and carry through 2018.

“We really want to build stability, consistency as we go forward. I think Charlie has been a tremendous leader for us, a fabulous ambassador for this university and this city and I can just see by the type of kids that he’s recruiting, and the type of assets that he brings to this program and the type of staff that he has that it’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Jurich.

Strong helped lead Louisville to a 7-6 finish last season with the final game coming as a victory over Southern Mississippi for the Beef ‘O’Brady’s Bowl. He was named the 2010 co-Big East Coach of the Year. His Cards are 3-4 overall and 1-1 in the Big East so far this season.

“It lets everyone know that we’re going to have a stable coach,” said Louisville freshman quarterback Teddy Bridgewater about his coach’s newly extended involvement with the program. “With everything going on in the NCAA right now, we just know that Coach Strong is going to be there with us through it all. It’s just a good feeling knowing that, if anything were to happen, Coach Strong will always be there.”

University of Louisville assistant sports administration professor Marion Hambrick believes that Jurich is committed to what Coach Strong has been doing so far and pointed out several reasons why the contact extension was advantageous to the program from a sports administration perspective.

“It helps tremendously in terms of recruiting. It helps recruits feel comfortable,” said Hambrick. He added that the stability provided by a contract extension can assist in recruiting assistant coaches as well.

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