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Charlie Strong officially named Texas head coach

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It’s official: Charlie Strong has been named the new head coach of the Texas Longhorns, the school’s athletic director Steve Patterson announced on Sunday.

Strong replaces Mack Brown, who stepped down in December after coaching in Austin since 1998.

“I’m excited and my family is excited to have the chance to lead one of the premier football programs in the country,” Strong said. “Texas is one of those places that is always on your radar and a program anyone would dream of being a part of because you have a chance to compete on a national level every year. It’s special because it has such great history, pride, tradition and passion for football.”

Strong also paid his dues to his former employer.

“This was a difficult decision because the University of Louisville gave me my first opportunity as a head coach,” Strong said. “I have so much respect for President (James) Ramsey and (Athletics Director) Tom Jurich. They have been great to me and my family, and it was very hard to say goodbye, but they know this was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”

Strong spent four seasons at Louisville and amassed a 37-15 record with a pair of Big East Conference Championships (2011, 2012). He was named Big East Coach of the Year in both 2010 and 2012. Strong is the only coach in Louisville history to win three bowl games and prior to his arrival, the Cards had won just six bowl games in the program’s 100-year history.

Texas will hold a press conference on Monday to introduce Strong as its head coach.

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24 Responses to “Charlie Strong officially named Texas head coach”
  1. thefiesty1 says: Jan 5, 2014 7:00 PM

    Good luck Coach Strong. We’ll see how that 37-15 record holds up with real competition in the Big 12.

  2. ahugusf says: Jan 5, 2014 7:31 PM

    And all his recruits fell for that “Lville Family” sales pitch.
    Welcome to the biz of college football Boys!

  3. txskinsman says: Jan 5, 2014 7:31 PM

    Welcome to the greatest job in college football Coach Strong.

  4. glmore says: Jan 5, 2014 7:33 PM

    I would always hope he would come back to Carolina once Spurrier retired. I guess that won’t happen now. Good luck Coach, you deserve it!

  5. jmb795 says: Jan 5, 2014 7:36 PM

    Waiting for Paul Finebaum’s mea culpa suggesting Jimbo would “race out of there” (FSU) to take the Texas job.
    You’re up, Paul. Let’s hear it.

  6. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Jan 5, 2014 7:42 PM

    Since when is 37-15 bad? Very confused by that post (maybe because it makes no sense).

  7. onlyoneleft says: Jan 5, 2014 7:50 PM

    Texas will fire him within two years. S. Carolina can then hire him.

  8. dcroz says: Jan 5, 2014 8:17 PM

    So how long before some Texas booster is claiming this is all a diversion, and he has solid information that Nick Saban is coming to Austin?

  9. normtide says: Jan 5, 2014 8:20 PM

    A great hire, in my opinion.

    To the poster, complaining about his recruiting. This isn’t the 50’s. These kids know what college football is. Most are looking for a path to the NFL. Few actually get there, but most want their best shot at it. Please don’t cry for these 18 year old young men, if they are being recruits to UL, they are doing pretty good.

  10. mldean71 says: Jan 5, 2014 8:23 PM

    Texas is attempting to grab the next great coach. If Strong succeeds it will change the land scape of college football. If he can do for Texas what he did for Louisville, then Texas with its resources & very fertile recruiting landscape will be back on top of college football within year two.

  11. Deb says: Jan 5, 2014 8:27 PM

    Will be interested to hear the final contract number to know whether Charlie persuaded Texas to pad that $5 million a bit or add any other incentives. Looking forward to seeing how he handles the coaching environment. It’s a shame coaches can’t just focus on their programs without having to play politics with the boosters, etc. But that’s part of the college minefield. If he’s successful, they’ll give him more space.

  12. tuckfexas says: Jan 5, 2014 8:56 PM

    Live from Austin

  13. sportsguy3434 says: Jan 5, 2014 9:25 PM

    Great hire. I just hope Longhorn fans realize it. He has had one loss the last couple of years and beat Muschamp last year. Some Gator fans wish he was their coach. Good luck to him.

  14. thefiesty1 says: Jan 5, 2014 11:12 PM

    …tuckfexas… Very funny.

  15. nickp91 says: Jan 6, 2014 12:29 AM

    Coach Strong is a great recruiter and a great defensive mind

  16. ducknichols50 says: Jan 6, 2014 1:28 AM

    Texas AD mention Charlie Strong as only candidate to interview for job. Sure seems racists to me. I thought there was some rule about situations like this

  17. 13datsyuk13 says: Jan 6, 2014 2:45 AM


  18. 12strikes says: Jan 6, 2014 7:06 AM

    My thinks that the TEXAS job may not be all that great after all.
    What? 4 people said no thanks? And they best they could do is a coach from a dead conference?
    Hmmmm.. Something is not right there.

  19. klownboy says: Jan 6, 2014 9:47 AM

    Charlie Strong has the goods to succeed at Texas in terms of the coaching acumen. I don’t know how he would do with the ancillary stuff.

  20. tipstopten says: Jan 6, 2014 11:26 AM

    Never, never follow an Icon.

  21. doctorlb says: Jan 6, 2014 11:42 AM

    “Since when is 37-15 bad? Very confused by that post (maybe because it makes no sense).”
    37-15 is OK at Louisville. It is grounds for firing at Texas.
    37-15 is a 71% winning record, Mack Brown had a 77% winning record at Texas.
    We’ll see how it works out.

  22. mogogo1 says: Jan 6, 2014 12:32 PM

    He’s a good coach. It’ll be interesting to see how he does in the constant spotlight this job brings dealing with expectations that are always sky-high.

  23. be4bama says: Jan 6, 2014 2:32 PM

    Good hire? Yes. Big name? No. Apparently Texas doesn’t have as much $$ as they thought. LoL

  24. wadaea says: Jan 6, 2014 2:51 PM

    Sounds like he was the 4th or 5th choice. i do not think he has the chops to make it in big boy football. Texas will not be happy with a 37-15 type record,

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