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Team: South Florida Bulls
Age / DOB:  (56) / 8/2/1960

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ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports that USF has hired former Texas HC Charlie Strong to a five-year contract to fill their head-coaching vacancy.
Very nice landing spot for Strong, who takes over for new Oregon head man Willie Taggart. Strong inherits a Bulls team which has gone 18-7 over the last two seasons (including 10-2 during the current campaign). Monetary figures aren't yet known on Strong's contract, but regardless of how much money he draws, this stint in the sun will allow him a chance to rebound from a middling 16-21 three-year tango with Texas. Assuming Strong remains with South Florida for the duration of this five-year contract, he will have a chance to face the Longhorns in a previously-scheduled tilt set for 2020. Sun, Dec 11, 2016 12:25:00 PM

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Former Texas head coach Charlie Strong is expected to be USF's next HC, according to SI's Pete Thamel.

Thamel reports Strong and USF are closing in on a 5-year deal. Strong's last two spots included a 16-21 record at Texas and a 23-3 record at Louisville over the last two years. USF just lost Willie Taggart to Oregon but return a ton of talent and have a favorable schedule in 2017. Don't expect to read a single negative comment about this hiring.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 09:52:00 AM

ESPN's Chris Low reports that former Texas HC Charlie Strong was scheduled to meet with officials at USF to discuss their open head-coaching position on Friday.

There is a ton of smoke surrounding Strong and the Bulls, with reports initially breaking on Thursday that USF was looking at him as a leading option to replace the departed Willie Taggart. Just to throw a disco sparkler ball into this house of mirrors, Taggart -- now at the helm of Oregon's ship -- has reportedly contacted Strong about coming on as the Ducks' defensive coordinator. All of this will sort itself out in the near future.
Source: ESPN
Fri, Dec 9, 2016 07:40:00 PM

Josh Newberg of 247Sports reports that Oregon HC Willie Taggart has contacted former Texas HC Charlie Strong about the possibility of becoming the Ducks' new defensive coordinator.

This is getting interesting, because Strong is also a leading candidate to replace Taggart as South Florida's head coach. Oregon president Michael Schill told Taggart to "Go out and find a great defensive coordinator" during Taggart's interview process. It appears that Taggart is in the ironic position of hoping that his former employer is lower on Strong than he is. Stay tuned.
Source: 247Sports
Fri, Dec 9, 2016 03:27:00 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that USF has entered negotiations with former Texas HC Charlie Strong to fill their vacant head-coaching position.

With Willie Taggart off to Oregon earlier this week, South Florida has been quick to move forward in their coaching search. Roy Cummings of Florida Football Insiders writes that the Bulls have "zeroed in" on Strong, who was fired by Texas at the end of the season following a 5-7 campaign. Cummings relays that Strong and USF could reach agreement by this weekend.
Thu, Dec 8, 2016 06:43:00 PM

Cincinnati beat writer Tom Groeschen reports ex-Texas HC Charlie Strong, WMU HC P.J. Fleck and WKU HC Jeff Brohm are the top three choices for the Bearcats coaching vacancy.

We can already envision the universal love Cincinnati would receive if the school hired Strong. This is the first time we've seen the former Longhorn coach's name among possible schools. Fleck and Brohm have been listed with many other programs, including Purdue, Oregon, Baylor, Houston and others. Strong already recruited in the area while coaching at Louisville. Tommy Tuberville stepped down as coach this weekend.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 09:22:00 AM

Texas fired HC Charlie Strong.

Strong went 16-21 in three years at the school, including 12-15 in Big 12 Conference play. Texas (5-7, 3-6) failed to reach a bowl again this year following Saturday's loss to TCU, instead finishing with its third straight seven-loss season under Strong. Strong is owed a $10.7 million buyout for the remaining two years on his deal. With LSU hiring interim coach Ed Orgeron as its full-time coach on Saturday, Houston's Tom Herman is widely considered to be the guy who will replace Strong. He'll have one of the nation's best crops of young talent.
Source: ESPN
Sat, Nov 26, 2016 10:50:00 AM

Texas HC Charlie Strong indicated that he does not believe a decision has been made as to his job future.

"I don't really think so," Strong said when asked on Monday if he believed Texas had come to a decision on his fate. Coaches say plenty of things when they are about to be fired, but if Strong has any chance of saving his job -- and we would be wholeheartedly surprised if he can -- it might be in the fact that Texas has yet to officially lower the axe, even with multiple reports having Strong out the door. For what it's worth, we saw an almost identical situation with Les Miles and LSU last November, where a flood of initial reports had him being fired, only for it to be stretched out until Miles actually managed to save his job via a win over Texas A&M in the regular-season finale. Whether Strong will have a chance to do likewise in Texas' own regular-season finale against TCU on Friday remains to be seen.
Mon, Nov 21, 2016 01:04:00 PM

ESPN's Paul Finebaum referred to Texas' decision to let HC Charlie Strong's job hang in the breeze "one of the most shameful and disgraceful things I have seen in intercollegiate athletics."

Multiple reports have Strong's firing as imminent, but despite the fact that the writing is on the wall, the university will apparently let Strong's fate dangle in no-man's land until after the regular-season finale on Friday. Strong held his normal Monday press conference, but it was anything but normal. Indeed, the opposite of that. It was a painful, awkward affair, with multiple players on hand in support of their coach, who said, "Next year, I want to come back." This bandaid should be ripped off by the end of the week, but the fallout has already begun, with the Austin American-Statesman's Kirk Bohls relaying that "several Longhorn players" are thinking about boycotting that TCU game in support of their coach. Just an ugly situation on the whole.
Mon, Nov 21, 2016 12:19:00 PM

Texas beat writer Kirk Bohls reports "several Longhorn players are considering boycotting this week’s regular-season finale against TCU."

This situation could not be handled worse. Apparently veteran members of the team are trying to talk the players out of the decision, but it all stems from the school's upcoming decision regarding head coach Charlie Strong. Multiple reports state Texas officials have reached an agreement to fire Strong, but the decision likely won't be announced until after the school's final regular season game against TCU. Texas will have a new football coach in 2017, regardless of how the players handle the situation, but it could lead to many transferring to another program.
Mon, Nov 21, 2016 11:40:00 AM

Multiple reports indicate that Texas will fire HC Charlie Strong, with an announcement to come as early as Monday.

It isn't quite clear when Strong's termination will be officially announced, but it would appear that there is no turning back the tide. CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd hears that Texas will make the decision public by Thanksgiving, while the Austin American-Statesman's Brian Davis and Kirk Bohls relay that we could hear official word on Monday. Strong would regularly be scheduled to hold a Monday press conference. At this juncture, it would appear that Strong will not be roaming the sidelines as Texas looks to improve to 6-6 in Friday's coming contest with TCU. Expect much more from this story to emerge in the coming days.
Source: CBS Sports
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 07:32:00 PM's Chip Brown reports that Texas HC Charlie Strong will meet with AD Mike Perrin Sunday evening or Monday morning, presumably to discuss his future.

Initial reports had Strong coaching through to the end of at least the regular season, which will conclude against TCU next Friday, but it looks like that might not come to pass. Boosters are pushing for Strong's ouster following Texas' 24-21 meltdown and defeat at the hands of the mighty Jayhawks in overtime on Saturday. Those same boosters reportedly want Houston HC Tom Herman installed in Strong's place. Stay tuned.
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 05:02:00 PM

ESPN's Brett McMurphy is reporting that there is "extreme pressure" from "prominent boosters" to replace Texas HC Charlie Strong with Houston HC Tom Herman.

Per McMurphy, Strong is expected to be allowed to coach the regular-season finale against TCU on Black Friday, after which an official decision on his fate will be made. "I do not see how he can survive. He has been given every chance to succeed. Everyone wanted him to," a source told McMurphy. Strong and the Longhorns just fell to Kansas 24-21 in overtime. As for Herman, he figures to have his pick of coaching gigs should he opt to leave Houston.
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 11:11:00 AM

Rivals' Geoff Ketchum reports that Texas will fire HC Charlie Strong.

Ketchum cites "two high-level Texas sources." He relays that Strong is not expected to be let go on Saturday night, but it should be expected in the coming days. None of this comes as a huge surprise. Strong's coaching seat has been varying degrees of "hot" all season long. The final lick of flame came when the Longhorns fell to Kansas by a 24-21 score in overtime on Saturday afternoon. While it is not yet known who Texas will bring in to replace Strong, Houston HC Tom Herman should be considered a strong contender for the job.
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 10:53:00 PM

Texas governor Greg Abbott took to social media to show his disapproval for the Big 12's decision not to expand.

"The Big 12 owes a lot of people an apology. It punted on expansion & shanked its future," Abbott wrote, adding that Houston "deserved better." The conference went so far as to begin vetting potential additions (such as the Cougars) after it initially decided upon expansion in the summer. That talk was laid to rest on Monday following a meeting of the board of directors.
Tue, Oct 18, 2016 12:12:00 PM