Talk about a quick coaching decision—the Texas Longhorns are rumored to have offered Charlie Strong the head coaching job of the prestigious football program, and he is rumored to accept the position. This coming way before the Jan. 15 deadline set by athletic director Steve Patterson.
Bobby Burton of 247Sports.com, a football recruiting website in partnership with CBSSports.com, first reported the news via Twitter:
BREAKING: Horns247 first to report that Texas will hire Louisville coach Charlie Strong.— Bobby Burton (@BobbyBurton247) January 4, 2014
Burton was the first to report, but is he right? Chip Brown of Orangebloods.com tweeted, shortly after Burton, that a source has told him Strong will be the next football coach:
Louisville coach Charlie Strong will replace Mack Brown as the head coach at Texas, according to a high-ranking UT source.— Chip Brown (@ChipBrownOB) January 4, 2014
The UT source said Louisville's Charlie Strong will be offered the job, and Strong has indicated he will accept.— Chip Brown (@ChipBrownOB) January 4, 2014
Y source: As of now Charlie Strong has not accepted Texas job, has not talked to Louisville AD Tom Jurich or President James Ramsey.— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) January 4, 2014
Forde does not cover Texas athletics like Burton or Brown, but certainly has credibility as a verified Twitter user and sportswriter. If the rumors are true on the part of the Texas media, then Strong would be Patterson's first major hire as the athletic director.
Finally in the mix, Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated reported on the Strong deal. He tweeted that Strong agreed to terms to be the next Texas head coach:
High ranking Texas official said Texas and Charlie Strong have agreed to terms. Five years, $5 mill per. http://t.co/He5hGAU3Em— Pete Thamel (@SIPeteThamel) January 4, 2014
It appears to be a nice hefty contract for Strong, if the rumors are confirmed. Per USA Today salaries database, the coach made $2.3 million in 2012.
Strong started his head coaching career at Louisville in 2010. While at Louisville he won three bowl games, including the 2012 BCS Sugar Bowl. His recruiting ties are strong to the state of Florida, and there were 15 players from Miami on the 2013 Louisville football roster.
Before taking over for the Cardinals, Strong was a defensive coordinator for the Florida Gators and won two BCS National Championships with the program.
The next step for Strong, if the rumors hold true, is to appoint a worthy coaching staff to assist him with future goals for the Longhorns. Expect the University of Texas and Patterson to make a comment on the reports and for Patterson to hold a press conference announcing Strong.
Again, if the reports hold true, things should be moving quickly for Strong and the Longhorns. Finally for 'Horns fans, the search appears to be over.