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Reports: Texas hires Charlie Strong away from Louisville

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The coaching search may have come to an end for Texas. Texas has hired Louisville head coach Charlie Strong to succeed Mack Brown. Horns 247 was the first to report the hire. Chip Brown of Orangebloods followed up by suggesting Texas made an offer and it is expected to be accepted.

On a day that saw multiple potential candidates for the job back out of the coaching search, the reported hiring of Strong may come as little surprise. With Art Briles and Jim Mora distancing themselves from the coaching search, Strong never had a public denial. Strong should bring a focus on defense to Texas. The former Florida defensive coordinator did a good job in turning Louisville around was no easy task, although he had plenty of support from the Louisville leadership headed up by athletics director Tom Jurich. At Texas funding and resources will be no concern at all for Strong.

What comes off as a weird twist is Strong is not exactly the most personable character with the media. At Texas, much as been made about the media pressure that comes with the head coaching position, between being in charge of a landmark program and the responsibilities tied to The Longhorn Network.

Of course, if Strong can build a winner in Austin, will that really be much of a concern? Strong owns a career coaching record of 37-16, including two straight bowl victories.

The timing of this coaching change comes at a difficult time for Louisville. The Cardinals are entering the ACC next fall, largely due to the work to improve the program overseen by Strong over the last few years. Louisville is already losing some key players from their roster, including quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Louisville is the textbook definition of a program in transition in 2014.

UPDATE (11:54 p.m. ET): According to Sports Illustrated, Texas and Strong have agreed to a five-year contract that is valued at $5 million per year.

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73 Responses to “Reports: Texas hires Charlie Strong away from Louisville”
  1. madtownthrowdown says: Jan 3, 2014 11:34 PM

    Boom! I guess someone did want the job after all. Good luck to Charlie Strong.

  2. coolhorn46 says: Jan 3, 2014 11:40 PM

    Betcha’ Jurich has a certain phone number in Nashville on speed dial. Strong out, Franklin in would make a lot of sense for the Cards. IF Strong is the choice for UT, I have an idea he’ll kill it in Austin, even if his hiring doesn’t exactly unite a pretty fractured fan base after the Mack misadventures of the last half decade.

  3. pdcooper08 says: Jan 3, 2014 11:48 PM

    Perhaps it is difficult timing for UL, but I bet it’s not for little ole Bobby Petrino. Bet he jumps all over this, since he likes moving around every year or so.

    Did he burn bridges when he was here last time?

  4. rabbi187 says: Jan 3, 2014 11:51 PM

    Hoping this is legit. Strong should have been Texas’s #1 target from the get go.

  5. @Cereal_22 says: Jan 3, 2014 11:59 PM

    So is Franklin still in play for PSU ?

  6. thekatman says: Jan 4, 2014 12:01 AM

    Obviously, Mora was never a serious candidate.

  7. Deb says: Jan 4, 2014 12:09 AM

    Well, this is an interesting turn of events. Never understood all the Mora talk. He just signed an extension with UCLA and there was no reason to think he’d leave the Bruins for the Longhorns. But Charlie Strong will certainly bring new energy to Austin. Congrats to him! Anxious to see how he handles one of the more difficult coaching environments in the NCAA.

  8. ohiogator says: Jan 4, 2014 12:10 AM

    What a great coach. Wish we still had him @ Florida.

  9. 13datsyuk13 says: Jan 4, 2014 12:20 AM

    Just win and you have nothing to worry about. 10 wins year 1, and a playoff appearance in year 2.

  10. cantonsteeler28 says: Jan 4, 2014 12:20 AM

    AD Steve Patterson dropped the ball on this hire. Charlie Strong is a very good coach. He’s not a Texas Guy!! He’s not a master recruiter and just an all around bad fit for this program. Steve Patterson should be fired. The best fit for this program, and before you haters hate, think about it!!! Butch Davis. A great recruiter, was building something special in Chapel Hill, and hes a Texas Guy. He has NFL experience, and he brought the “U” back from mediocrity. The talent pool is about the same in Texas as in Florida and Butch would be the first one to tell you he made a mistake by leaving Miami when he did. Patterson you my friend should realize this is Texas not Arizona St. where mediocrity is OK

  11. canetic says: Jan 4, 2014 12:23 AM


  12. alligatorsnapper says: Jan 4, 2014 12:29 AM

    All Strong has to do is to win….and hobnob with the gold toe booted boosters. Strong will bring Texas back to national relevance. I know my colleagues and co-workers will be telling me all about it come Monday morning, but congrats to Texas.

  13. deadeye says: Jan 4, 2014 12:37 AM

    Longhorns are on the rise, Strong recruits really, really well in Florida. Now add the cream of the crop of Texas and you’ve got UT pulling down top 5 classes for the foreseeable future.

    Congrats to Strong and UT!

  14. bender4700 says: Jan 4, 2014 12:38 AM

    Strong is a good coach. Good hire.

    Impressive the two top Texas jobs are held by African-Americans. That’s good for the sport in general.

  15. goodfieldnohit says: Jan 4, 2014 12:40 AM

    The coaching search of a generation ends up with Charlie Strong.

    I’m surprised that Texas would hire him. In case you haven’t noticed, he’s bleck. Red McCombs gon be ten kinds of pissed off.

  16. bender4700 says: Jan 4, 2014 12:41 AM

    cantonsteeler28 says: Jan 4, 2014 12:20 AM


    Doesn’t Butch have a show cause penalty? He’s certainly not a highly sought after coach.

    You’d rather have a coach who was fired under scandal, than a guy who has done an excellent job at Louisville?

    Hmmm, kind of strange. Disgraced… man. Solid, well respected… man.

    May be a word or two missing from each of those descriptions.

  17. drummerhoff says: Jan 4, 2014 12:41 AM

    Louisville should bring back Bobby Petrino.

  18. bender4700 says: Jan 4, 2014 12:42 AM

    And Thumbing down the idea of two high profile jobs in Texas being held by African-Americans makes you a classless idiot who shouldn’t post here.

    Ridiculous how much hate people have.

  19. bender4700 says: Jan 4, 2014 12:43 AM

    @Cereal_22 says: Jan 3, 2014 11:59 PM

    So is Franklin still in play for PSU ?

    That’s Al Golden’s to turn down.

    Franklin could wait another year.

  20. daltongang1 says: Jan 4, 2014 12:49 AM

    This is a bad fit.. While Strong can coach he can’t recruit.. UofL’s recruiting classes were very weak… I don’t think he ever had a top 25 class… Most of his epic wins came against the likes of Eastern Ky, FIU, and Temple.. I just don’t see this ending well..

  21. bender4700 says: Jan 4, 2014 12:51 AM


    Recruiting kids to play and live in Louisville Kentucky < The Talent Pool in The Backyard of Austin.

    Come on.

    TEDDY BRIDGEWATER! You don't think a bunch of kids aren't seeing Teddy projected #1, and thinking "I wanna play for the guy who coached him!"

  22. bender4700 says: Jan 4, 2014 12:52 AM

    So far, the only argument against Strong is in favor of a disgraced, white coach.


    Something I can’t put my finger on….

  23. normtide says: Jan 4, 2014 12:54 AM

    I said Strong from the start. Ofc I knew from the start that Texas wasn’t going to hire a coach away from another elite school. That doesn’t take away from this being a great hire. Give him a couple of years to install his culture on the program.

  24. bender4700 says: Jan 4, 2014 12:55 AM

    Oh Norm, you know if the Texas job opened today a certain Mr. Saban would be talking to an Austin relator right now. The fact he didn’t pick up the phone can call them last night shocked me. 😛

  25. bender4700 says: Jan 4, 2014 12:58 AM

    But I agree Norm. It’s a boring hire, because it’s the right hire. He’s an up and comer, Teddy Bridgewater alone is a reason to consider Charlie.

    You don’t recruit at Texas. You offer.

    So Bridgewater is a great example of what Charlie can do as a coach.

    And I hate Texas by the way. But it’s the truth.

    Have you noticed the haters of this hire trying to dodge their real reason like I have Norm? Haha, one guy said it’s a bad hire, then suggested Butch Davis. They’d rather see a white guy that was fired under a cloud of scandal and left Miami while cheating was happening there too. Gee, they were really good under him?!! NO WAY!


  26. goodfieldnohit says: Jan 4, 2014 1:01 AM

    Saban – no, but I’ll make some money off this
    Jimbo – GTFO, I have a Heisman winner
    Sumlin – I’ll follow the Saban business model
    Mora – LOL, I live in LA
    Les – I can’t eat grass in your stadium
    Harbaugh’s – AYFKM? we work in the NFL
    Pete Carroll – I’m gonna win a Super Bowl
    Dennis Franchione – not granted an interview, but has great ideas for privileged emails to boosters
    Gus Mahlzan – LOL, I’m gonna win a National Championship, why do I need UT?
    Charlie Strong – Praise Jesus, Bridgewater is leaving and I’ll go 6-6 here next year. I’d love to take the job!

  27. tigersfandan says: Jan 4, 2014 1:01 AM

    bender4700 says: Jan 4, 2014 12:52 AM

    So far, the only argument against Strong is in favor of a disgraced, white coach.


    Something I can’t put my finger on….

    Please don’t make a racial issue where there isn’t one.

  28. irishdodger says: Jan 4, 2014 1:03 AM


    Butch Davis is not from Texas….he’s from the same state as Bear Bryant, Barry Switzer, Fred Akers, Ken Hatfield, Tommy Tuberville, Houston Nutt, Gus Malzahn & CHARLIE STRONG….Arkansas.

    @alsharpton…err….Jesse Jackson…..err…Bender….enough with the race baiting…Austin is one of the most progressive cities in America so race isn’t an issue….except to u.

  29. tigersfandan says: Jan 4, 2014 1:03 AM

    Also, Butch Davis does not have a show-cause penalty. In fact, I believe he wasn’t even implicated in the NCAA report.

  30. bender4700 says: Jan 4, 2014 1:05 AM

    Race isn’t an issue to me. But when someone would suggest hiring a guy who was fired under scandal, and has a TRAIL of potential issues with cheating, who is white, over a guy that’s well respected, done well in his career including producing the #1 overall pick in this years draft, who is black. It’s hard to not at least suspect that maybe, JUUUUST maybe, someone’s not happy with that.

    And yes, Austin is very progressive. This isn’t ground breaking. But that doesn’t mean all UT fans are progressive.

  31. bender4700 says: Jan 4, 2014 1:08 AM


    Race is an issue to those hiding obvious issues.

    Butch Davis isn’t even a candidate for the now open Louisville job. Yet he is better than Charlie Strong?

    COME ON!? Really?

    Clearly, there’s more to that opinion than one wants to let on.

    I ain’t talkin about you, so save the defending ignorant posters game.

  32. bender4700 says: Jan 4, 2014 1:12 AM

    I’m perfectly ok with saying that Strong isn’t a good hire, and saying another coach is better, but when that other coach is HARDLY at ALL a better choice (evidence in that he’s consultant somewhere and not a head coach). Come on.

    Butch Davis won at Miami, then Larry Cooker brought it down, and Randy Shannon kept that trend going. Then we found out Nevin Shapiro was doing bad things the whole time. He started to win at NC, then he’s fired and the school suffers some NCAA issues.

    He’s clearly innocent. He did get railroaded a bit, but he’s no saint.

    He’s definitely not a better hire than Charlie Strong. No reasonable person would think that.

    and again, I’m just speaking my view.

  33. v2the4 says: Jan 4, 2014 1:14 AM

    Charlie Strong is EXPECTED to take the offer, but he hasnt yet. He is due to talk to the Louisville AD and President on Saturday morning, and Im sure they will do everything they can to keep him there.

    but, if he does accept the Texas offer, this is a got dayum home run for my Longhorns. We need to interject some energy and excitement into this program and into the recruiting base in Texas, especially with Kevin Sumlin doing damage at A&M.

    one thing you know Charlie Strong can do, and do very well is coach defense, and while Texas D got better over the year, this was the worst defense statistically in the 113 yr history of Texas Longhorn football. You can expect this to turn around quickly. Strong also demands execution from his players, and you can see how those guys played nearly flawless under Strong the last two years at Louisville with only two losses.

    Im curious to see who will be the offensive coordinator, as major applewhite has proven he cant cut it, and with David Ash, Tyrone Swoopes and incoming freshman Jerrod Heard as options for QB, I cant wait to see what will happen

    Im glad Steve Patterson didnt waver on Charlie Strong or James Franklin at Vandy because they are black…remember a couple of years ago, Strong, an Arkansas native, was afraid he wouldnt get a shot at a major job because he is married to a white woman..winning at a major program will cure all of that and the era of big money and instant winning in college football has changed that just a little bit.

    If Charlie accepts the job, congrats and welcome…we need your discipline in Austin

  34. realfootballfan says: Jan 4, 2014 1:14 AM

    Texas finally has a real coach to harness those top notch resources.

  35. bender4700 says: Jan 4, 2014 1:16 AM

    I agree V2the4!

  36. Deb says: Jan 4, 2014 1:16 AM

    goodfieldnohit says:

    In case you haven’t noticed, he’s bleck.
    Um … are you trying to say he’s black or blech? Just wondering if you’re commenting on his race or suggesting that he’s kinda yucky.

  37. bender4700 says: Jan 4, 2014 1:19 AM


    He’s mocking people who won’t like the hire because he’s black.

    Which, of course if you read some people’s posts, THEY DON’T EXIST. RACISM IS GONE FOREVER.

    Of course, in reality it’s still here, but way weaker, and most racists are forced to be anonymous about it.

  38. tigersfandan says: Jan 4, 2014 1:21 AM


    You made this a racial issue by pointing out the racial aspect and then crying foul when you didn’t like the thumbs count. Nobody is saying that racism is gone forever. You are making it an issue here unnecessarily.

  39. bender4700 says: Jan 4, 2014 1:22 AM


    7 people so far have thumbed this down:

    “Impressive the two top Texas jobs are held by African-Americans. That’s good for the sport in general.”

  40. bender4700 says: Jan 4, 2014 1:24 AM

    tigersfandan says: Jan 4, 2014 1:21 AM


    You made this a racial issue by pointing out the racial aspect and then crying foul when you didn’t like the thumbs count. Nobody is saying that racism is gone forever. You are making it an issue here unnecessarily.


    I made the racial issue, that already existed, because I called it out.

    Good logic.

    So what should we do sir? Ignore it? Or be like you and run around telling people to stop telling ignorant people to shut up.

    You are pretending like racism doesn’t exist. That’s the definition of “not making it an racial issue” when you yourself ADMIT the racial aspect of it.

  41. bender4700 says: Jan 4, 2014 1:25 AM

    How else do you explain thumbing that comment down Tigersfan?

  42. bender4700 says: Jan 4, 2014 1:28 AM

    Being racist is ridiculous, but denouncing obvious racism is just as stupid.

    You cannot tell me NOT ONE poster is considering race with their opinion. For you to act like that’s not true is just plain silly.

  43. realfootballfan says: Jan 4, 2014 1:29 AM

    I don’t know if the guy bringing up Butch Davis is a racist, but he sure is stupid. Miami fans didn’t even like Butch Davis when he was there as he was called a mediocre game day coach. I think you just fired that same guy a couple of weeks ago in Mack Brown.

    I’m only surprised that Strong went to Texas because his roots are in Florida, so there will be some adjusting to be made in order to embed himself in that closed rank Texas community; however, last time I checked, Mack Brown’s not from there either.

    Also, did someone actually say Louiville’s never had top 25 classes. You do understand the pecking order in college football, don’t you sir, and understand that Louiville is a basketball school that like won the NCAA championship a couple of years ago with Rick freaking Pitino, the alpha dog of all college basketball coaches dominating that athletic department, don’t you? SMH. The x’s and o’s part, he’s got it in spades as you notice his defense was the heart and soul of those Florida national championship teams more than anything.

  44. bender4700 says: Jan 4, 2014 1:32 AM

    I agree Real,

    I can’t say “he’s a racist” and I haven’t. But there’s clearly something more to the argument than just respect for Butch Davis.

  45. goodfieldnohit says: Jan 4, 2014 1:33 AM

    Art Briles owns Texas, yet they won’t hire him.

    He’s gonna try and score a hundred on them next year.

  46. Deb says: Jan 4, 2014 1:34 AM

    @bender4700 …

    Ohhh … he was being superior by suggesting Strong’s race would be an issue for Texans whereas it wouldn’t be an issue in other more enlightened areas? Uh-huh.

    Anyone living in the U.S. since 2008 knows racism still exists and that those who have issues with African Americans in authority positions aren’t unique to the South.

  47. bender4700 says: Jan 4, 2014 1:35 AM

    He won’t own them for long.

    It’s gonna be hard for him to maintain his run.

  48. Deb says: Jan 4, 2014 1:40 AM

    Why are people slamming bender4700 on the race thing? I’ve been referring to this comment:

    goodfieldnohit says:
    Jan 4, 2014 12:40 AM
    The coaching search of a generation ends up with Charlie Strong.

    I’m surprised that Texas would hire him. In case you haven’t noticed, he’s bleck. Red McCombs gon be ten kinds of pissed off.

  49. amosalanzostagg says: Jan 4, 2014 1:40 AM

    Deb, this is what goodfieldnohit was trying to convey.

  50. bender4700 says: Jan 4, 2014 1:41 AM


    I think he knows that Deb.

    But Texas, and the South, are not exactly the most enlightened areas. Austin is a progressive city, but that doesn’t mean all UT fans are.

    There are several comments where it’s fairly clear that the poster at least factors in race in their opinion. Many people speak and think like that but aren’t “racist” but have some racist feelings.

    Everyone knows racism is still around, but some try and deny it anytime it’s brought up. I hate when people use the racist card at the wrong time as any, but clearly, there’s some racist feelings being expressed in the anti-Charlie Strong comments. Especially actually suggesting a guy who’s got the reputation of Butch Davis is a better hire. They’d rather see a guy like Butch over a well deserving black man. That’s hard to deny. And I’m NOT saying that the guy who said that is racist, or that’s exactly what he meant, but there’s DEFINITELY racist overtones in that argument. Despite what some deniers would like to say.

  51. bender4700 says: Jan 4, 2014 1:45 AM

    Because Deb, I’m calling out other racially charged opinions.

    People don’t like to be uncomfortable, or be reminded that race is still an issue facing issues in America.

  52. realfootballfan says: Jan 4, 2014 1:52 AM


    Butch Davis won’t even be able to get that Miami job after Golden goes to Penn State, but he was supposed to take over Texas, lol. Like I said, I’ll just assign stupid to the poster who interjected Davis in this discussion. Furthermore, he wasn’t exactly lighting the world on fire at UNC who I think we all can agree is about equivalent in the resources they have available as Louisville. Hell, unless they’ve slipped recently, they had better than most people guessed they have back in the day in relation to their resources, but I don’t keep up with downtrodden programs.

  53. Deb says: Jan 4, 2014 1:58 AM

    @bender …

    Yes, but bear in mind that even in these … a-hem … not exactly enlightened areas, at least 40-50 percent of the electorate voted for the black presidential candidate. And in the supposedly enlightened communities of the North, West, and Midwest, we have people being elected who believe in magic rape sperm that repels pregnancy. Sooo … let’s try not to stereotype, shall we? That is, after all, another form of bigotry.

    As a fan of a Northern team with a black head coach, I can tell you with absolute certainty that any race-related anti-Strong comments are not in any way unique to Texas.

    The term deniers can also be applied to those who like to think racism is all about those 13 states in the Southern region and not about anyone else.

  54. Deb says: Jan 4, 2014 2:02 AM

    Oh good grief. Look at the time!

  55. goodfieldnohit says: Jan 4, 2014 2:09 AM

    Oh dear god, you people are fooking dense.

    The University of Texas is the most lily white institution in the great state of Texas.

    They are involved in a lawsuit because their crippled, black, lesbian ex track coach had sex with one of her athletes.

    Their white (Major Applewhite), underperforming offensive coordinator dickwhipped a football team trainer (fat girl, btw), while his wife was 9 months pregnant.

    Major got a raise, Bev Kearney got fired.

    Welcome to Austin, Charlie Strong.

  56. lawson1974 says: Jan 4, 2014 2:25 AM

    Im not uncomfortable with your inanity Bender. Mainly , I just find you boring.

  57. goodfieldnohit says: Jan 4, 2014 2:27 AM

    I’d like to add, Welcome to Austin, Charlie Strong.

    Know your place.

  58. longborer69 says: Jan 4, 2014 4:30 AM

    @bender, unlike others, I’ll tell you my reasons for giving you thumbs down, since I don’t know you. You may just want to demagogue, and if so I’m wasting my time. Or you may actually be interested in another viewpoint.

    I don’t get to watch a lot of football. When I watch, it’s usually my Ducks, or a team on our schedule or one I think we might face in a bowl. I’m kind of a boring guy with lots of stuff I have to do so I just don’t watch a lot of games. I have a very good memory and am very quick with statistics so I can post lots of long and boring stuff, but it doesn’t mean I watch a lot of games. I’ve never watched a game in which Charlie Strong was coaching.

    I didn’t know, until your comment, that he was black. I didn’t care. I didn’t want to know. It’s completely irrelevant to me. He’s obviously a good coach.

    “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

    Someone said that. He was right. Your comment, to me, undermined the very principal he was advocating — that skin color SHOULD NOT MATTER. You said it did matter.

    Also, your comment, to me, conveyed (whether you meant to or not, whether it is what you really think or not) an anti-South bigotry that is almost as ugly as anti-black bigotry. The implication is that the racism problem is really a Southern problem, which is absurd.

    In fact, racism is only a symptom. The real problem is the arrogance that looks down our noses at other people and sees them as somehow less than us. That same arrogance can be directed towards blacks, or towards Alabama fans, or Texans, or liberals, or conservatives, or foreigners, or whatever. It is repulsive, even if it is directed at Washington Huskies (and that’s saying a lot!). You can disagree with someone without demeaning them, you can reject what someone says or does without thinking they are a less valuable human being than you.

    So, that’s why I gave you thumbs down. Another long and boring opinion from the longborer. If you think I’m unworthy of posting here, lobby John Taylor to ban me.

    But after reading a few comment threads, like the one on that drunk Alabama fan, the bar has been set pretty low as to what is allowed here, so good luck with that.

  59. golewgo2 says: Jan 4, 2014 4:56 AM

    Good luck Coach Strong, I hope UT gives you enough time to build up a winner in Austin. So what if you wasn’t the first,second or third choice. Win and you’re famous…

  60. bujuman69 says: Jan 4, 2014 7:13 AM

    His roster is full of kids from Miami… If can get them to want to go to Louisville, he can recruit!

  61. thefiesty1 says: Jan 4, 2014 7:49 AM

    Well, well. Surprise, surprise. UT finally got off the pot. Strong will do just fine at Texas. Race will NOT be a problem.

  62. floridacock says: Jan 4, 2014 8:09 AM

    Sorry Texas fans. While Strong is a pretty good coach, he was the best you could do. All these big time names being thrown around , like they would be CRAZY not to take THE job, was just misplaced arrogance. Big name coaches, with other major successful programs, were not jumping into that pressure cooker. Horns did best they could.

  63. hrudey says: Jan 4, 2014 8:30 AM

    I’m just hoping to hear the followup that he’s been traded to Florida for Will Muschamp and a swim coach to be named later. If the signing does occur, congratulations to Texas for hiring a damn fine coach.

  64. fsu01 says: Jan 4, 2014 8:45 AM

    Let me clear this up for you bender. Since you are not getting why people are upset about what you are arguing. Somewhere in this nation there is an African-American that got passed over for his or her promotion because of their skin color. Somewhere there is an Arab who is getting threats because of his racial heritage. Somewhere there is an African-American who was denied service because of their skin color. Focus on real racism and people would not get upset with you instead of race baiting when someone mentions they prefer a different candidate.

  65. tg1896 says: Jan 4, 2014 8:54 AM

    Where are all the Louisville fans? I was BLASTED last year by Card fans for suggesting that Strong would soon be moving on. The reason? Charlie is soooo LOYAL. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again – this is BUSINESS.

    Charlie will do fine. The only question is whether or not “fine” will be good enough. Looked to me like Mack was doing just “fine” before he got fired.

  66. texizz says: Jan 4, 2014 9:02 AM

    I look forward to supporting Coach Strong 100%. Hopefully he can convince some the home grown talent to remain in Texas. Thanks to Mack Brown for many great years and for doing the right thing at the right time! Hookem’ Horns!!!

  67. eagles512 says: Jan 4, 2014 9:13 AM

    The real ignorance is calling someone who said he preferred Davis a racist. I think Strong is much better but just because someone prefers a coach who happens to be white doesn’t make him racist.

  68. cometkazie says: Jan 4, 2014 9:24 AM

    Threads go south when a jerk or two dominate the conversation.

    “Poof” is the proper response to trolls.

    drummerhoff says:
    Jan 4, 2014 12:41 AM
    Louisville should bring back Bobby Petrino.

    Think of the baggage their two major sports would have.

  69. artisan3m says: Jan 4, 2014 10:23 AM

    Word of advice for the new Texas coach ~ don’t buy, lease a home. If Texas isn’t Big 12 champ in two years and playing for a NC in three, any coach selected will be shown the door. Strong is the best thing that could happen for Sumlin and Briles ~ it gives them a leg up in recruiting for a couple of years. Make no mistake ~ Strong is a damned good coach but does he “fit” at Texas? I hope so but I really doubt it.

  70. Deb says: Jan 4, 2014 12:48 PM

    @longborer69 …

    Beautifully written post. Kudos.

  71. vinnide64 says: Jan 6, 2014 6:24 PM

    I have read literally all the posts and one thing I get from them is this…stupidity has the means of getting it’s way. This should have been about coach Strong’s coaching ability not his race or religion or wife and kids, just CHARLIE STRONG! but someone has to be negative to rule the conversation… look bender did. and then there are the HATERS who just wanted someone else, hey here’s some breaking news for some of yall…did you know who Nick Saban was before LSU, how about Les Miles before Oklahoma State, David Shaw before Stanford, Jimbo Fisher before Florida State, Kevin Sumlin before Texas A&M, Bob Stoops before Oklahoma and oh lets definitely not forget Urban Myer before Florida, I SHO didn’t and I’ve been a DIEHARD ORANGE-BLEEDING TEXAS FAN since the Roosevelt Leaks era! Fact of the matter is Coach Strong like any or all coaches must become successful before we know who they are, I mean can anyone tell you was coaching at Duke last year or even at Central Florida? A program gives them a local identity but success gives them a household name. History is the only thing that gives credence to race, first black NFL team owner, first black to race in NASCAR, first black of course to be elected president of the united states, but once the next one comes along it’s just So-and So doing what they are doing and being referred back to the first black to do it. I guess in summary we should let Charlie Strong coach at Texas first and let his success or failure define him and not his race, being that I’ve never known nowhere in history that a coach won or loss just because he was white or black…

  72. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 10, 2014 12:12 PM

    Strong has already had 3 kids decommit…. I’m sure that’s fairly normal in a situation like this but the horns loss is the Aggies gain…

  73. texizz says: Jan 10, 2014 2:35 PM

    This tells me that they were never really committed to being Longhorns in the first place. That’s OK, being a Texas Stronghorn is not for everybody!

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