Louisville signs Charlie Strong to an eight-year contract

Charlie Strong got a big contract extension after his team went 11-2 in 2012 (US Presswire)

Louisville has signed coach Charlie Strong to an eight-year contract worth an average of $3.7 million per year, CBSSports.com's Jeremy Fowler confirmed on Wednesday.

The 52-year-old Strong is 25-14 in his three years at Louisville, and he led the Cardinals to an 11-2 record, No. 13 national ranking and a Sugar Bowl victory over Florida this past season.

It's a wise move by Louisville to secure Strong's services for the foreseeable future, as he is now a hot commodity in coaching circles. His name was bandied about for various marquee jobs during the offseason, including Tennessee. Now, he's the seventh-highest-paid coach in college football.

If last season is any indication, the Cardinals are still a program on the rise and should be ranked in the top 15 heading into 2013. Unless Strong's tenure at Louisville somehow goes awry, he'll be locked in place through at least 2020.

That's good news for a program that hasn't had a coach last more than five seasons since Howard Schnellenberger's tenure ran from 1985-94.

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