How much will Texas spend on Charlie Strong in 2014?

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The hiring of Charlie Strong may be a tad more expensive than you might have originally thought, but Texas should be able to handle the bill regardless. As calculated by Dallas Morning News, Texas will spend close to $13 million on head coach-related expenses this year. That sum could increase to $14 million as well if Strong meets various incentives this fall.

How much it cost Texas to hire the search firm to hire Strong was reported yesterday. Texas spent a total of $266,990 on the search firm that helped lead the Longhorns to hiring the head coach from Louisville. But that was just the beginning of the total cost for making the coaching change. Before the search could begin though, Texas had to agree on a buyout price tag with the now former head coach, Mack Brown. Brown was being paid $5.4 million per year, and the university will owe him a reported $3.25 million. Strong will make $5 million this upcoming season.

Strong’s contract at Louisville also required a buyout, which Texas will pick up the tab. That will add another $4.375 million to the expense report. Between the costs for the search firm, Strong’s salary for the upcoming season and the combined buyouts to be paid for Brown and Strong’s Louisville contract, the Longhorns are up to a total of $12.892 million to be paid for head coach expenses in football.

Fortunately for the Longhorns, Texas can pretty much print their own money and the donors are plentiful. It may sound ludicrous to be committing so much money for one personnel change, but if it leads to Texas football making a return to the top of the Big 12 and emerging as a giant in the College Football Playoff era, it will all be worth it in the end in Austin.

Utah State player upgraded to fair condition after collapse

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Utah State redshirt freshman wide receiver Josh Davis is in fair condition on Friday, one day after collapsing at spring football practice following sudden cardiac arrest, the university announced.

Davis, initially was listed in critical condition, was breathing on his own. He is in the intensive-care unit at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah.

Davis’ parents arrived in Utah on Thursday evening.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Davis, who is from Carlsbad, California, collapsed at Merlin Olsen Field and was immediately treated by the training staff, the university said. He was taken to Logan Regional Hospital.

The university said Davis was stabilized in the Logan hospital before being moved to Ogden.

Alabama suspends freshman defensive back after drug arrest

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama freshman defensive back Tony Mitchell has been suspended from the team following his arrest on a drug charge.

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said Monday after the first practice of spring that Mitchell was suspended from the team “and all team activities until we gather more information about the situation and what his legal circumstance is.”

The Holmes County Sheriff’s Office arrested Mitchell and another man, Christophere Lewis, last week on a charge of possession of marijuana with the intent to sell or deliver, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page. Lewis also was charged with carrying a concealed gun without a permit.

“Everybody’s got an opportunity to make choices and decisions,” Saban said. “There’s no such thing as being in the wrong place at the wrong time. You’ve gotta be responsible for who you’re with, who you’re around and what you do, who you associate yourself with and the situations that you put yourself in. It is what it is, but there is cause and effect when you make choices and decisions that put you in bad situations.”

Mitchell, who is from Alabaster, Alabama, was a five-star prospect rated the 34th-best player and No. 3 safety in the 247Composite rankings.

Mitchell was driving the vehicle during a traffic stop. After deputies smelled marijuana, Mitchell picked up a baggie of marijuana from the passenger floorboard, according to the department’s Facebook post.

Sheriff’s deputies found “an additional significant amount of marijuana, a set of scales, a loaded handgun between the passenger seat and center console, and a large amount of cash,” according to the department’s Facebook post.