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Report: Texas looking at Louisville’s Charlie Strong

Charlie Strong, Clint Hurtt AP

Yahoo Sports is reporting on Tuesday that the Texas coaching search has led to inquiries being made about Louisville coach Charlie Strong.

This comes on the heels of an report that Texas athletic director Steve Patterson flew to an undisclosed location to interview Strong.

Still, it looks like Louisville won’t let Strong go without a fight:

Sources also told Yahoo Sports that the Cardinals will be proactive in trying to keep Strong if he is offered the Texas job. Louisville signed Strong to an eight-year contract extension in early 2013 after the coach was approached about the then-vacant job at Tennessee. That extension bumped his annual base salary up to $3.7 million

Strong recently led the Cardinals to a 12-1 season, tied for the best record in school history.

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23 Responses to “Report: Texas looking at Louisville’s Charlie Strong”
  1. kdbroom says: Dec 31, 2013 6:30 PM

    Smokescreen. My prediction is that Saban will become the coach after the Sugar Bowl.

  2. longtallsam says: Dec 31, 2013 6:46 PM

    The are rumored to be going after Don Shula, since their first choice, Tom Landry, failed to respond.

  3. noleitup says: Dec 31, 2013 6:53 PM

    Sources tell me that cft commenter noleitup is the favorite due to his astonishing online madden record. IT guy during the day hof coach in the evenings

  4. vincentbojackson says: Dec 31, 2013 6:57 PM

    To summarize:

    Texas is looking to gravy train on the back of any program’s coach, at any level, that’s had any success in recent memory.

  5. sportsfan18 says: Dec 31, 2013 7:09 PM

    ANY coach in America that could even remotely be associated with the Texas position needs to have their agent leak that info yesterday.

    Texas has caused and will continue to cause many coaches to continue getting large salary increases.

    Saban already.

    Jumbo Fisher already.

    Louisville will give Strong a bump and fight to keep him.

    Time to get on the gravy train.

  6. dhardy8207 says: Dec 31, 2013 7:11 PM

    “One high-level source said Patterson on Tuesday flew to an undisclosed location to interview Louisville coach Charlie Strong, who has received a high recommendation from the search firm Korn/Ferry, which is assisting in the hunt for Mack Brown’s replacement.”

    “Another source close to the situation said Patterson has already interviewed Vanderbilt coach James Franklin and wants to talk to Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio”

    “Patterson met with a group of Texas lettermen before the Alamo Bowl on Monday who expressed support for Baylor coach Art Briles.”

    “A group of billionaire donors appear ready to make their case for Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher as the next coach at Texas. Even though Fisher signed a new contract extension at FSU that will take his salary to $4.1 million, the new deal has no buyout, two sources confirmed.”

    “Another billionaire Texas donor has let it be known he supports Jon Gruden as Mack Brown’s replacement.”
    UT fans must be proud. All this flying about the country interviewing and all the Billionaires coming out throwing their opinions into the pot makes Texas look desperate.

    Why hire a firm and pay them to do your homework on the most viable candidate if your money men want to have their own way. I haven’t seen this much wrestling for power since the last time I tried to stomach watching the WWF…

    Any coach making close to the top of the salary bracket wouldn’t dare take this job. Just an example of how the Big Donors would try to tell him how to coach the team and won’t their way regardless….

    Lol… an absolute circus this is turning into….

  7. rabbi187 says: Dec 31, 2013 7:14 PM

    That joke was kinda funny 3 weeks ago when it was told on every single sports thread. Now, not so much. Get some new material clown shoes.

    So you want them to contact unsuccessful coaches then?I’m confused, don’t all programs in search of new coaches go after successful ones? Not to bright are you?

  8. teambringitstrong says: Dec 31, 2013 7:37 PM

    Don’t do it Charlie. See Ty Willingham.

  9. sportsguy3434 says: Dec 31, 2013 7:40 PM

    Charlie Strong would be a good choice and he WILL get a top level job sometime. I doubt though that he ends up at Texas.

    Let’s take a look at all of the people who should thank, at least in part, USC and Texas for a raise: Saban, Sumlin, Briles, Fisher, Malzahn, and Franklin.
    The list for Texas seems to be shrinking…maybe.

  10. hor2012 says: Dec 31, 2013 7:40 PM

    I agree with the previous post. I say it’s saban, Besides, as a African American male who lives in north texas I would warn Mr Strong that he probably won’t be received with open arms.

  11. ahugusf says: Dec 31, 2013 7:51 PM

    strong would be stupid to leave Lville for Austin. He may not have the Texas resources now, but he is building it there, and with some ACC money coming there way, it’s a matter of time. I wouldn’t mind losing the recruiting competition from Strong, but the pressure in Austin is so much more immediate than Lville.
    Dont do it CS, become a legend, don’t follow one (somewhat)

  12. longtallsam says: Dec 31, 2013 8:00 PM

    rabbi187 says: Dec 31, 2013 7:14 PM

    That joke was kinda funny 3 weeks ago when it was told on every single sports thread. Now, not so much. Get some new material clown shoes.

    Well, pardon me, mister. I read these threads regularly, and I haven’t seen it. Excuse me for pissing in your cornflakes.

  13. jerrahsucks says: Dec 31, 2013 8:43 PM

    And down the list we go. Texas is finding out that it is not the greatest job in the world, no matter how much there big money boosters offer.
    First boys, you should have hired a AD that anybody in the coaching ranks would respect, rather than the weasel you gave your beloved program to.
    #1Saban…. got a raise, no interest
    #2 Harbaugh…are you clowns serious
    #3 Gruden…even Texans can’t be that stupid
    #4 Shaw….Why would you leave your alma mater for that mess.
    #5 Malzhan….Are you kidding me
    #6 Jimbo……You couldn’t keep him in the first place,
    #7 Vince Lombardi…..after all, he would get out of his grave to coach at Texas.
    #8 Tom Landry….see above
    #9 Urban Mayer…..Dreamers, you missed by 2 yrs
    #10 Les Miles, Mark Dantonio, Craig Bohl (NDSU) Anybody?We will pay big money
    #11 Charlie Strong, God hopes Charlie ain;t this stupid….
    Job ain’t so freaking good you longhorn s is it……..lmfao

  14. ruggyup says: Dec 31, 2013 9:06 PM

    I’m not hearing promotion for Kelly at Notre Dame. Possible he has already achieved his highest level of incompetence. 2nd tier mid-westerners not likely prospects for them cattle and hat guys thar.

  15. amosalanzostagg says: Dec 31, 2013 10:06 PM

    Just because Texas gets___________ as head football coach, it does not equal success translated on to the football. Texas last hired a coach when

    (1.) The Big 12 was actually relevant with 12 teams.,
    (2) Texas was considered the dominant program in a dominant conference.,
    (3.) Texas had Deloss Dodds in control of the conference.

    (1.) Texas is now the fifth best football program in the weakened Big12 with ten teams.
    (Baylor, OSU, OU, and KSU are all ahead of Texas)
    (2.) The Big 12 is the Big Eight + 2, a regional conference at BEST.
    (3.) Steve Patterson is not the visionary that Deloss
    Dodds was. Yes, Deloss is advising Patterson, but how do you replace as icon like Deloss? The best example is UCLA under Wooden. No matter who comes in, you will always be measured by the standard Deloss set.

    Texas, Inc suffered huge losses with both Mack and Deloss stepping aside. Will Texas fans accept a football coach that turns out to be an Akers, a McWilliams or a Mackovic when the rest of the conference has a Briles, a Gundy and a Snyder at the helm with a Stoops and a Kingsbury right behind?

    Gary Patterson of TCU needs to on Texas short list.
    He already knows Texas high school football coaches from Orange to El Paso and the coaches trust him. He knows football talent and would be a huge asset in a relatively short transition within the conference. He has taken TCU as far as they can go simply because Texas can out recruit and out spend him.

    We’ll face the same situation when Saban decides to step down, and our selection process will be just as crucial.


  16. amosalanzostagg says: Dec 31, 2013 10:08 PM

    Bohl signed with Wyoming.

  17. vols84 says: Dec 31, 2013 11:29 PM


  18. amosalanzostagg says: Jan 1, 2014 12:36 AM

    Bohl knows his limitations. He’s 55. He’ll develop his impressive resume and maybe he’ll work his way to a BCS conference.

  19. normtide says: Jan 1, 2014 3:13 AM

    Strong would be an awesome hire, but not sure he takes the job. Louisville isn’t broke, they can come close enough to keep him. Plus, moving to the Acc means legit SOS, one loss doesn’t take you out of the payoff race. USC hired Sark quickly instead of enduring more rejection. Texas is at that point now too. The more coaches that turn down the job, the worse it looks.

    I don’t mind fans over hyping the UT job, that’s what fans do. The media is another story. The too look more and more foolish by the number of rejections.

  20. pdcooper08 says: Jan 1, 2014 4:14 AM

    What the status of Jim Tressel? Can he ever coach at the college level again?

  21. bahia2 says: Jan 1, 2014 6:11 AM

    Don’t go Charlie.The Gator job will open very soon.Then you can comeback home !

  22. amosalanzostagg says: Jan 1, 2014 9:12 AM


    Tressel has a 5 year show cause sanction from the NCAA for lying to NCAA investigators for covering up the violations incurred while the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes. If any school hires Tressel, the school automatically goes to the head of the line for NCAA infractions board and allows the NCAA to arrive unannounced at the hiring school and start an immediate investigation into the entire school’s
    athletic program regardless of any violations being
    incurred or reported. In other words, you’re guilty
    until proven innocent.


  23. tipstopten says: Jan 1, 2014 10:44 AM

    Great coach, Texas would expect Nat. Champ. first year and if he did not produce he would be gone.
    Do not follow a winner, you will just lose. Coach Strong should stay where he is and have a very happy life with his family. Texas would be his Alamo.

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