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Tyrone Swoopes is one of Charlie Strong's options for QB in 2014.
When: Sat., April 19, 2:00 p.m. ET
TV: Longhorn Network
If you are one of the lucky few folks who get the Longhorn Network in your living room, you’ll want to check out the beginning of the Charlie Strong era in Austin.
While much of the hype will be about his bid to be the first head coach at Texas to settle on a starting quarterback and stick with it since Colt McCoy, don’t forget about the defense.
Yes, the Longhorns’ spring game will feature the first glimpse of Strong’s defense at Texas. And remember that this is a guy who has blazed a defensive trail through his coaching career.
In 1999, Strong took over as the defensive coordinator at South Carolina under Lou Holtz. He took a defense that had ranked No. 87 in scoring in 1998 to No. 57 in 1999, No. 6 in 2000 and No. 18 rank in 2001.
In his eight years as the coordinator at Florida, only once did his defense finish out of the top 32 in scoring. Three of his last four years, the Gators ranked in the top six.
At Louisville, he took a defense that ranked No. 66 in scoring in 2009 to No. 18 in 2010, No. 17 in 2011, No. 36 in 2012 and No. 2 in 2013.
What this could mean for Texas, which ranked No. 72 in scoring in 2012 and No. 57 last season, is intriguing—especially given the talent that the Longhorns have stockpiled.