The Texans Longhorns want to fill their new head coaching vacancy before January 15th, and they may have found the guy they want to lead the team into the post-Mack Brown era. According to Pat Forde and Yahoo! Sports, the Longhorns have inquired about Louisville Cardinals head coach Charlie Strong.
Orangebloods.com is cited in the Yahoo! report as stating the Longhorns have gone as far as sending AD Steve Patterson to a “undisclosed location” to interview Strong before the New Year gets underway.
Strong has emerged on a short list of candidates the Longhorns are interested in and if they want to find a head coach before the middle of January, it would make sense that they’ve begun interviewing the guys on their list. Strong seems to be leading that list as Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher was handed an extension this morning to keep him away from Texas, but Yahoo! reports that Louisville won’t just let Strong walk away from their program.
If Texas gets as serious as they appear about bringing over Strong, Forde states that the Cardinals will do everything they can to keep him in Kentucky. Strong is already making $3.7 million under his current eight-year deal with Louisville which means no matter where he ends up, expect him to get a significant raise either way.