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Charlie Strong’s USF contract takes advantage of Texas buyout

The ‘Horns won’t save much money over the next two years.

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NCAA Football: Texas at Kansas Gary Rohman-USA TODAY Sports

On Tuesday, the South Florida revealed the contract details with new head coach Charlie Strong, which unsurprisingly took advantage of the fact that the Texas Longhorns still owe Strong $5.2 million for each of the next two seasons.

As a result, South Florida structured the contract so that Strong’s salary will increase from $1 million each of the next two years to $2.5 million in 2019 and increasing by $100,000 over the final two years.

Texas had a 50-percent offset in Strong’s contract, which means that the Longhorns will only save $500,000 a year on the buyout.

The same goes for the assistants who worked under Strong — the new South Florida coach is expected to retain a fair amount of his former staff and the available pool of money to pay them also looks similar, increasing from $1.66 million to $2.25 million and then to $3.4 million.

So the administrators at South Florida should probably thank former Texas athletic director Steve Patterson, whose contract with Strong will result in the Bulls getting a well-respected head coach and quality staff on the cheap.