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Report: Texas to announce Charlie Strong as head coach on Sunday

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Texas is expected to announce Louisville’s Charlie Strong as its new head coach on Sunday, according to a report on early Saturday evening from CBSSports.com.

The report comes on top of reports on Friday that Texas and Strong have agreed to a five-year contract that would pay Strong $5 million per year.

As recently as Saturday morning, Strong told his staff at Louisville that a decision had not been made, but whatever issues that existed appear to have been ironed out in the past several hours.

Strong, who is 37-15 at Louisville, interviewed with Texas last week.

 

 

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25 Responses to “Report: Texas to announce Charlie Strong as head coach on Sunday”
  1. fsu01 says: Jan 4, 2014 7:32 PM

    One thing I will say with his in with the south Florida high school coaches, you add that with the Texas recruiting base and Texas should be getting solid classes. Coach Strong also know how to develop a defense, and with a strong OC (pardon the pun) the Longhorns should be happy with what they are getting.

  2. fsu01 says: Jan 4, 2014 7:33 PM

    Further with the way things look in Gainesville right now I would say that Texas got the better end of that deal. Would rather have Strong at this point than Muschamp.

  3. ratsfoiledagain says: Jan 4, 2014 8:05 PM

    There were a lot of names tossed out for this HC job.

    Some declined on the spot, others used it to leverage more $$ with no serious intent on leaving.

    Mora said no twice, Briles at least once. Harbaugh scoffed….Saban said no, Frankling, Malzahn as well.

    There were a lot of Longhorn fans thinking they’d pluck whomever they wanted.

    This HC job isn’t as coveted as many thought it was.

  4. kirbotus says: Jan 4, 2014 8:42 PM

    Longhornland isn’t what it used to be. The prominent Longhorn “fan” sites have become increasingly negative over the last 2 years. Now that at least 8 sports agents no longer need to post since their clients have raises, some healing can begin.
    Adding to the forum critics you have the hyper-critical nature of other reporters/expert analysts in Austin, and it would not be a shock if Coach Strong headed for Florida as soon as he could.
    Then Longhornland can watch even more quality coaches pass them by, and wonder why.

  5. afrancis55 says: Jan 4, 2014 9:16 PM

    His first order of business should be finding a way to get rid of that obnoxious longhorn network.

  6. thefiesty1 says: Jan 4, 2014 9:17 PM

    Good,now it’s time to coach up the top recruits That Mack offered. Anyone can recruit, but not everyone can coach them up into wining 10, 11, 12, games each year. Let’s go coach Strong and get rid of the dead weight (Greg Robinson) and others on the staff that have ruined 4and 5 star recruits.

  7. tigersfandan says: Jan 4, 2014 9:21 PM

    ratsfoiledagain says: Jan 4, 2014 8:05 PM

    There were a lot of names tossed out for this HC job.

    Some declined on the spot, others used it to leverage more $$ with no serious intent on leaving.

    Mora said no twice, Briles at least once. Harbaugh scoffed….Saban said no, Frankling, Malzahn as well.

    There were a lot of Longhorn fans thinking they’d pluck whomever they wanted.

    This HC job isn’t as coveted as many thought it was.
    __________________________________

    It bears mentioning that, with the possible exception of James Franklin, the people you referenced already have pretty good jobs. Texas was aiming for the stars.

    I don’t think Charlie Strong would have departed Louisville for any old job. That he left for Texas indicates that it’s still one of the top jobs in the country.

  8. beveaux says: Jan 4, 2014 9:25 PM

    Greg Robinson was certainly not dead weight to the Longhorns this year. Given he was brought in after the first few games, he did a heck of a job. Probably saved the season from being a complete disaster.

    Looking forward to seeing Strong build his staff.

    Certainly, any successful and growing enterprise that has the same leader for 16 years is going to have a lot of dead weight and need changes.

    Now, back to watching the Saints on TV and my Longhorn basketball team on my iPad……….courtesy of the Longhorn Network.

  9. prov1x says: Jan 4, 2014 9:26 PM

    He hasn’t left yet.

  10. jimmy53 says: Jan 4, 2014 9:58 PM

    While Strong is a very good coach he seems to be a terrible fit for Texas. As the HC at Texas he will have a tremendous amount of public speaking obligations (gotta fuel that Longhorn network) and he will have to keep those rather “hands on” UT boosters happy—schmoozing and interviews are not something that Strong likes, excels at, or tolerates.

  11. gatorprof says: Jan 4, 2014 10:10 PM

    UF messed up by not going after him when Meyer bolted. Recall that Meyer’s program went south after Strong left.

    Strong is the one great thing that Zook did for UF. Without him, there are no Meyer era national titles. He put together some very sick defenses. Just ask OSU and OU fans.

    Great hire by UT. They will be quite happy. Great coach, better person by all accounts.

  12. thefiesty1 says: Jan 4, 2014 10:29 PM

    Yes, Robinson’s read and react too late defense really worked well against Okie State, Baylor and Oregon, not to mention his first stint as UT’s defensive coach, his 4 years at Syracuse (10 wins) and the demise of Rich Rodriguez at Michigan with the worse defense in history. Let’s keep him around since he was a little better than Diaz.

    Strong is a defensive coach so that should take care of that experiment.

  13. apkyletexas says: Jan 4, 2014 10:37 PM

    Strong has a 37-15 head coaching record.

    Wow – Texas is truly a second-rate program again.

    If this is all they could get, they should have just given Mack a couple more years like he wanted.

  14. doggeatdogg says: Jan 4, 2014 10:41 PM

    OMG. I keep hearing ‘he hasn’t left yet’ or ‘he hasn’t officially accepted the job.’ Reminds me when Mora appeared to be the guy and all of the sudden he was out of it.

    If Strong for whatever reason is not the coach of the Longhorns in the next 24 hours, UT will have so much egg on its face I would be embarrassed for them and I’m not a fan.

    I hope for his sake that UT allows this man to flourish and not put up Paterno-like barriers O’Brien perceived or encountered at PSU.

  15. thefiesty1 says: Jan 4, 2014 11:41 PM

    37-15 may be ok for Louisville but may not be acceptable at Texas. And, 4.4 Mil to buy him out! Just a stop gap until Muschamp gets fired at Florida. Humm?

  16. oldschoolnflman says: Jan 4, 2014 11:53 PM

    Pumped to see what Strong can do. Its great for college fb when there are power teams in all conferences in the country. I’m pretty sure anyone who isn’t a hillbilly is sick of hearing about the SEC as top Dog. CFB was better when it was a great argument over who truly was the better conference each year.

  17. irishdodger says: Jan 5, 2014 12:03 AM

    I’m not a Texas fan but the haters need to study up on history. I don’t recall UT fans saying they could hire whomever they wished. Sure, some thought Saban was a possibility; but none of u ignorant so-called CFB fans know your history. Before Mack Brown, UT was saddled with John Machovic & David McWilliams….neither of which had the resume that Strong possesses. Let it go haters….UT will be back….sooner or later….life & CFB goes in cycles.

  18. lowtalker says: Jan 5, 2014 12:42 AM

    How can any of you experts say Texas was turned down by other coaches? How do you know who Texas talked to about the job? The answer is you do not know.

  19. thegeneral7694 says: Jan 5, 2014 3:02 AM

    ratsfoiledagain says:Jan 4, 2014 8:05 PM

    Mora said no twice, Briles at least once. Harbaugh scoffed….Saban said no, Frankling, Malzahn as well.

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    I take your overall point, but I don’t believe for one second that Franklin said no to Texas….no way. He wasn’t offered the job. The others, maybe so….but if they had offered Franklin, he’d be the one getting introduced tomorrow.

  20. 13datsyuk13 says: Jan 5, 2014 3:38 AM

    Stronghorns?

  21. sportsguy3434 says: Jan 5, 2014 8:28 AM

    First of all, if Strong is the guy he is a great hire. He has had one loss the last few seasons and has turned the program around.

    Second, we don’t know exactly who said no, but there have been a ton of people who have said publically they weren’t interested and that means something. There was crisper on this site that said Saban was a done deal. And Texas fans DID think they had a shot at Saban, Harbaugh, Shaw, Jimbo, Briles, Malzahn, Gruden, Mora, and other top names. Hopefully they will realize that Strong is a great up and coming coach that has a better HC resume than Muschamp.

  22. texizz says: Jan 5, 2014 10:39 AM

    “Stronghorns”! I love it. Let’s give the Man his opportunity and our support! Well done Texas!!!

  23. tgaustin says: Jan 5, 2014 2:01 PM

    Congrats and welcome to Austin Coach Strong!

    Hook Em'(7-1-1)

  24. jerrahsucks says: Jan 5, 2014 4:11 PM

    TEXAS…….HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa

  25. rascalmanny says: Jan 5, 2014 6:04 PM

    Should have picked Franklin, but glad they didn’t.

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