Charlie Strong was hired in December of 2009. At the time he was given a five year agreement with annual compensation of $1.6 million.
Thus far, Strong has won 9 games (and lost 10). This season the Cardinals are 2-4 and offensive coordinator Mike Sanford recently left the program.
Today, Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich (yes, he of the contract we would all like to have) announced a new seven year agreement for Strong keeping Strong at Louisville through 2018 with annual compensation of $2.3 million.
Yes, that's just shy of a 50% raise.
But wait, there's more. Strong will receive a $1.25 million bonus if he's still employed on June 30, 2015 and another $1 million if he's still there a year later. There are plenty of other incentives including retirement annuities in there as well. Was some other program trying to raid Charlie Strong from Louisville that we weren't aware of? Yes, that was a joke.
We're all for coaches getting paid but this really seems like strange timing for this extension.