Justin Fuente will have a very big — and expensive — decision to contemplate over the next few weeks.
Memphis’ coach has received an “extraordinary offer” to remain with the Tigers — one that would make Fuente the highest-paid coach of a team that is not in a Power Five conference, according to The Memphis Commercial Appeal’s Geoffrey Calkins.
If true, Fuente’s new salary would be greater than $2.2 million a year. According to USA TODAY Sports’ coaching salary list, Cincinnati’s Tommy Tuberville makes that. Tuberville is currently the highest-paid coach outside the Power Five
Fuente has helped lead Memphis to an 8-2 record this season, including an upset of Ole Miss. That has resulted in the 39-year-old coach being mentioned as a likely candidate for some premier coaching jobs this offseason, including the two that will open up at both Missouri and South Carolina.
Fuente is in his fourth season at Memphis and has an overall record of 25-22 and led the Tigers to a Top 25 finish in 2014.
Earlier this month, Missouri coach Gary Pinkel announced he would resign after the season while he fights lymphoma. South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier resigned as coach in October. Interim coach Shawn Elliott is expected to be one of several candidates in the mix for that position.