Now, it is official. The Texas Longhorns released a statement on Sunday confirming that they have hire former Louisville Cardinals head coach Charlie Strong to be the successor to Mack Brown in Austin.
A two-time conference coach of the year and the architect of a revitalized University of Louisville program that has posted at least 11 wins in each of the last two seasons, Charlie Strong has been named the 29th head football coach at The University of Texas, Men’s Athletics Director Steve Patterson announced Sunday. Strong will be introduced at a Monday news conference.
This ends much speculation the past few days as to whether or not Strong would indeed become the new man for the ‘Horns. Late Friday evening, the reports began to leak out that the program had decided on Strong as their new leader, but then on Saturday, there was word that the coach was holding off anything official until he spoke with Louisville AD Tom Jurich.
But now, all of that speculation is put to rest, and Strong will be the new face of the state of Texas, and the tough-minded coach couldn’t be happier about it.
“I’m excited and my family is excited to have the chance to lead one of the premier football programs in the country,” Strong said. “Texas is one of those places that is always on your radar and a program anyone would dream of being a part of because you have a chance to compete on a national level every year. It’s special because it has such great history, pride, tradition and passion for football.”
There will be a news conference on Monday to formally announce this blockbuster hire for the Texas football program.