Charlie Strong Tells Louisville He's Leaving to Be Texas' Head Coach

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IJanuary 3, 2014

USA Today

Update from Sunday, Jan. 5

The Longhorns have confirmed the move on Twitter and in a release on the team's website:

Charlie Strong named 29th head football coach.

— Longhorn_FB (@Longhorn_FB) January 5, 2014

Earlier in the day, Texas athletic director Steve Patterson hinted that an announcement of the hire would be coming on his Twitter account:

Big day today. Keep yer eyes pealed for an announcement.

— Steve Patterson (@SWPatterson) January 5, 20

Prior to the official announcement, Strong spoke about his exit from Louisville via Rick Bozich of

Charlie Strong in text says: "It is bittersweet as we truly do love Louisville." Had wished him the best as he has earned his way.

— rickbozich (@rickbozich) January 5, 2014

ESPN's Brett McMurphy also reported that Strong spoke with Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich to affirm that he would in fact be leaving the Cardinals. A source told ESPN that Strong and Jurich met for less than an hour on Saturday night.

Jurich talked about Strong's departure at a press conference (via Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News):

Strong and Jurich met at Strong's house for an hour last night. "I knew he was going to Texas." Wanted to show his appreciation to Strong.

— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) January 5, 2014

Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman is reporting that Strong is on the way to Austin to accept the job:

New Texas coach Charlie Strong is en route to Austin to take new job.

— kbohls (@kbohls) January 5, 2014