Not even 12 hours ago, the nature of Texas’ search for a head football coach was shrouded in mystery. Apparently, Steve Patterson has made his first major call in his tenure as AD.
As first reported by Horns 247, the next head coach at the University of Texas will be Charlie Strong.
Under Strong, Louisville went 37-15, winning three bowl games included a stunning blow out of Florida in the Sugar Bowl. Prior to that, Strong served as defensive coordinator for the Gators during both of their last two national championship seasons.
Strong’s name first appeared in the head coach search well before Mack Brown officially stepped down in mid-December. This wasn’t the first time a big college football program attempted to lure him away from Louisville, but Strong appeared unwilling to leave the Cardinals while quarterback Teddy Bridgewater remained on campus. With that obstacle cleared earlier this week, Strong apparently felt the opportunity to take over one of college football’s most prestigious positions too enticing to pass on.
Some pundits have criticized Strong’s candidacy due to the lack of coaching experience in the state of Texas. Strong’s last position within Texas’ borders was as a G.A. for Texas A&M in 1985. While establishing trust with Texas’ high school coaches is critical to recruiting, the Longhorns will always be a premier destination for the best talent in the state.
There’s no word on when Texas will make Strong’s hiring official, but it appears that Steve Patterson was correct that he’d have the next head coach signed before January 15.