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Strong's contract extension makes him among nation's highest paid coaches

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The University of Louisville announced on Wednesday that it has extended the contract of head football coach Charlie Strong through 2020, giving him a hefty raise that makes him among the nation's highest-paid coaches.

Under terms of the contract, Strong will receive $3.7 million a year, making him the seventh highest-paid college football coach in the country.

Strong, who was named the Big East Coach of the Year for the second time in his tenure in 2012, has turned the Louisville program around in three seasons, going 25-14, guiding the team to a pair of Big East titles and its third-straight bowl appearance, which featured a win over third-ranked Florida in the 2013 Sugar Bowl.

In December, Strong announced that he would stay with the Cardinals, having turned down the head coaching job at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.   

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