Jan 6, 2014; Austin, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns president Bill Powers (left) and head football coach Charlie Strong (center) and athletics director Steve Patterson (right) speak at a press conference in the Centennial Room of Belmont Hall at Texas-Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Football: Longhorns spent nearly $267,000 on search for new head coach


The search for the new Texas Longhorns head coach this past offseason was one of the more publicized head coaching searches in history. Ultimately, as we all know, the school ended up luring away Louisville head coach Charlie Strong to take over the program, after they were turned down my more high-profile candidates such as Alabama’s Nick Saban.

Well, as USA TODAY reports, that entire process was a rather expensive one as the school was recently handed a bill by the search firm they hired for nearly $267,000.

It’s such a big deal that Texas paid $266,990 to a search firm to help find the right person for the job, according to invoices obtained by USA TODAY Sports this week.

The executive search firm Korn/Ferry International billed Texas $250,000 for helping hire new coach Charlie Strong in January, plus an administrative fee of 6 percent — $15,000. An additional invoice dated March 19 charged Texas $1,990 in expenses, mostly travel expenses for Korn/Ferry consultant Jed Hughes.

Well, of course, $267,000 to us seems like a lot, but in Texas money, that bill was probably paid like they were tipping the server at Applebee’s.

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