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Team: Texas Longhorns
Age / DOB:  (53) / 8/2/1960

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ESPN Insider's Travis Haney wrote that Texas head coach Charlie Strong has not made a strong first impression on the school's fanbase.
Haney attended a three-day coaching clinic at Angelo State in which Strong made an awkward speech that cemented in many the idea that he's a poor fit as Longhorns' coach. The argument seems to be that UT's coach must be an extrovert -- like Mack Brown -- and mustn't share Strong's introverted nature. "I think everyone was shocked. It was that bad," one coach said of Strong's speech. "It made me miss Mack," another joked, while a third stated: "If I was the coach at Texas, I would act like I had bigger balls than that." Haney crushed Strong for his cliché-ridden language, which is the wont of gold-fingered journalists. Strong is smart enough to understand that all this nonsense about his ability to communicate with boosters and impress the media with his diction will go away when he wins. Gregg Popovich and Bill Belichick were lambasted early in their careers for being standoffish. Nobody seems to care anymore. Jun 28 - 6:43 PM

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The Wall Street Journal in January declared Texas as the most valuable program in college athletics at $875 million.

The Longhorns are followed in order by Notre Dame ($811.5 million), Michigan ($685.5 million), Ohio State ($674.8 million) and Florida ($660.8 million). Texas has struggled on the field in recent seasons -- costing Mack Brown his job -- but they are the biggest attraction in the football-mad state and boast the Longhorn Network. All those resources will help Charlie Strong continue to attract the nation's best players to Austin, but as Brown found out, results aren't expected, they are demanded.
May 31 - 3:46 PM

The Texas Board of Regents approved contracts for Charlie Strong's first group of assistants.

All 10 assistants received three-year contracts. This is important because Texas has typically retained assistants on a year-to-year basis in the past. Defensive coordinator Vance Bedford got the biggest payday of the bunch and will net $760,000 in 2014.
Feb 6 - 5:58 PM

Texas regents approved Charlie Strong's five-year, $26 million contract.

Strong can earn incentives for such achievements as winning coach of the year, the Big 12 championship and the national championship. If the Longhorns finish in the top five, Louisville's former coach will receive a 3-percent bonus. If Texas finishes in the top 10, he'll take home a 2-percent bonus. Strong replaced Mack Brown as coach earlier this month.
Jan 13 - 4:40 PM

Longhorns booster Red McCombs apologized on Thursday for criticizing Texas' hire of Charlie Strong.

McCombs told Strong that he has his "full support." He went on to apologize to the Longhorns' new coach. It was probably an awkward interaction. "I think the whole thing is a bit sideways," McCombs said of UT's selection process to replace Mack Brown earlier this week. "I don't have any doubt that Charlie is a fine coach. I think he would make a great position coach, maybe a coordinator. ... But I don't believe [he belongs at] what should be one of the three most powerful university programs in the world right now at UT-Austin. He also called the hiring a "kick in the face."
Jan 9 - 9:29 PM

Longhorns booster Red McCombs blasted Texas for hiring Charlie Strong on a radio interview Monday.

"I think the whole thing is a bit sideways," McCombs said of the selection process. "I don't have any doubt that Charlie is a fine coach. I think he would make a great position coach, maybe a coordinator. ... But I don't believe [he belongs at] what should be one of the three most powerful university programs in the world right now at UT-Austin. I don't think it adds up." McCombs, the former owner of the San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets and Minnesota Vikings, and a friend of former coach Mack Brown, previously lobbied for UT to hire former NFL coach Jon Gruden. McCombs has donated more than $100 million to the university.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 7 - 7:11 PM

Charlie Strong said, "It's time to put this program back on the national stage" in his introductory press conference as Texas' next head coach.

Strong replaces the deposed Mack Brown, who had been the head man at UT since 1998. "We will recruit with fire, and we will recruit with passion," Strong said. "We are devoted to making Austin the state capitol for college football." Strong told the media that no decisions have been made about his first Longhorns' coaching staff, but Orangebloods.com reported that Strong's defensive coordinator, linebackers coach and strength and conditioning coach will follow him from Louisville.
Jan 6 - 10:02 PM

Charlie Strong has officially been named Texas' next head coach.

The school is still working on Strong's buyout, but that should not take too long. Strong is a well-respected, hard-nosed coach that turned Louisville into a relevant program with the help of Teddy Bridgewater. Some have questioned if this move will work out, but we would rather give Strong a chance and see what happens.
Jan 5 - 3:40 PM

USA Today's George Schroeder reports Texas plans to announce Charlie Strong as their next head coach on Sunday.

"The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation, said Texas is very confident the hire will be completed Sunday," Wolken writes. "The official announcement would be followed by an introductory news conference on Monday." The ball has been in Strong's court for the last 48 hours, and it appears he met with Louisville officials extensively before coming to his decision.
Source: USA Today
Jan 4 - 6:47 PM

Texas will hire Louisville coach Charlie Strong, reports Bobby Burton of Horns247.

Texas athletic director Steve Patterson appeared to target Strong after whiffing on Nick Saban. Patterson was also known to have interviewed Vanderbilt's James Franklin, but it appears that the Commodores' coach finished runner-up. Yahoo Sports columnist Pat Forde wrote in a column Friday that Strong was "the absolute worst fit for the job" because "he wants to be left alone. That wouldn't fly at Longhorn Network University. If he's hired, you're free to wonder whether the people involved with the search asked the right questions and got the right answers."
Jan 3 - 11:17 PM

Football Scoop is reporting Louisville's Charlie Strong and Vanderbilt's James Franklin are Texas' final two head coaching targets.

Strong and Franklin have been listed as targets from the get-go, but others names like Nick Saban, Jimbo Fisher and Jon Gruden entered the conversation. Both coaches are up and coming names that have turned around the programs they inherited. Each would almost certainly jump at the possibility of coaching the Longhorns.
Jan 3 - 5:27 PM

Texas athletic director Steve Patterson flew to an "undisclosed location" on Tuesday to interview Louisville coach Charlie Strong, reports Orangebloods.com's Chip Brown.

The search firm Korn/Ferry, which is helping the university find Mack Brown's successor, reportedly gave Strong a strong recommendation. Chip Brown additionally reports that Patterson has already interviewed Vanderbilt coach James Franklin and hopes to interview Michigan State's Mark Dantonio. Florida State's Jimbo Fisher, Baylor's Art Briles and ESPN's Jon Gruden are three other oft-discussed candidates.
Tue, Dec 31, 2013 09:19:00 PM