Texas Paid Search Firm $267K To Help Hire Charlie Strong


Texas wanted to find the perfect head football coach, and they paid dearly to do so.

According to USA Today, Texas paid $266,990 to a search firm to help find the right person for the job, according to invoices.

The executive search firm Korn/Ferry International billed Texas $250,000 for helping hire 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.

Texas also hired Korn/Ferry to help hire a new athletic director last year for $200,000 plus expenses. That search ended with the hiring of Steve Patterson from Arizona State, who now makes $1.4 million per year.