Dec 28, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Louisville Cardinals head coach Charlie Strong is presented with the Russell Athletic Bowl trophy after defeating the Miami Hurricanes at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Longhorns hiring Louisville’s Charlie Strong to succeed Mack Brown


According to multiple reports the Texas Longhorns are hiring Louisville Cardinals head coach Charlie Strong to be Mack Brown’s successor in Austin,  according to 247 Sports and later Rivals and Football Scoop.

Strong wont 23 games in the past two seasons with the Cardinals including winning three of his four bowl appearances.

Earlier today I wrote that Strong and James Franklin were among the finalists to be the next head coach in Austin and a decision could be coming soon, but I didn’t think it would happen until after the weekend.

Pat Forde of Yahoo says Strong has not yet accepted the job, but this is just a formality as he can break the news to Louisville and to his players personally rather than hearing the news broken via the Internet.

And that is confirmed by ESPN”s Brett McMurphy

It may not be a home run hire for Texas, but I think it’s easily a stand up double with the potential to be a home run in a couple years once Strong gets the lay of the land.

He is a great teacher, leader and recruiter and should have Texas back atop the Big 12 and in the national title picture in a couple seasons.

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