Bridgewater now looks even smarter having left when he did.
Mount St. Mary's hired a private equity CEO to be their president. You'll never guess what happened next.
Bridgewater now looks even smarter having left when he did.
Well there was literally no way he wasn't leaving after his bowl performance.
You could say Strong is pretty smart to move up at the same time Bridgewater is leaving.
Good hire for Texas. The state of Texas has a lot of talented football teams right now. I wish the Big XII didn't have to separate like it did a few years ago. I miss the old days.
I can only read your comments in Bob's voice...I'll shake it eventually.
Plus, Louisville is probably looking for a Strong-type to replace him. Narddog is just that.
I could totally see them going after Narduzzi, would be a great hire and a great fit on paper. Nice call!
I'll be interested to see who takes the Miami job if/when Golden goes to PSU.
I've mentioned before that I'm skeptical Narduzzi really wants to be a HC since he seems awfully reluctant to actually be a head coach, but Louisville would make a lot of sense for him. Major school job in a decent conference, good foundation to build on from Charlie Strong, in the recruiting footprint he's probably familiar with, etc. Could be a great fit for him.
He just wants the right opportunity.(e;g: not EMU or similarly poor schools)
want to be a head coach? There's absolutely no basis in fact for that idea.
This article at the Freep is archived behind a paywall, but I read the print version and it gives a great in-depth look at his background as a coach.
I agree with you that he simply doesn't want to take a dead-end job like EMU, and there's no reason he should. It doesn't mean he can expect a major program in his first HC stint, but he'll get some mid-major or MAC sort of position before long.
Narduzzi has only been a hot name for a couple of years. From 2007-10 their defenses weren't all that great. This winter he's already interviewed at UConn.
Did he actually interview there? I thought UConn asked to talk to him and that he declined...
Louisville will look for someone who can recruit Florida (They have a strong recruiting base there). Clemson's OC is thought to be the front-runner.
It is a bit out of his home base so you are probably correct. But he has to at least get a look.
Has Tom Jurich said this?
That is just where Strong's ties were...but I have never heard him say that they want to recruit Florida.
Narduzzi would be an ideal fit for UL. That said, Morris at Clemson would be too.
If he doesn't land in PSU, I'd look for Schiano to get the job
3? 4? Behind Saban, Mora...who else?
Saban, Harbaugh, Sumlin, Briles, Mora, Fisher, Malzahn
...ALL of those guys were contacted and all gave at least an informal no and took their contract extension.
It may seem like they struck out on quite a few names, but let's be a bit realistic.
Saban is at a prestigious school already and has something pretty good built.
Harbaugh is in the NFL where he wants to be.
Sumlin is at pretty good place in A&M plus he would be switching to a in-state rival.
Briles is in the same conference. How often does that happen? At least Saban went to the NFL before coming to Alabama from LSU.
Mora is doing a pretty good job at UCLA which is a pretty good school to be at.
Fisher is coaching FSU in the title game.
Malzahn is coaching Auburn in the title game.
To say that Texas struck out is kinda silly (although you seem to simply be stating facts here). This list is a list of longshots. Schools are going to call the longshots because maybe there is a chance. The bottom line is that these were pretty much all lateral moves at best with the exception of Briles, but that woudl be an intra-conference move.
They honestly thought they could get all of those guys. Which is why all of them had to publically say no.
Did Texas offer all of the above or just inquire? There is nothing wrong with inquiring.
That just goes to show that it's hard to land a big-name coach. Even Texas, which everyone has called the best job in the country, floundered for awhile.
Doesn't matter....still a better job than the Hoke hire
What an ass like comment, but I'm going to entertain it.
We didn't have NEAR the options Texas even thought they had. They landed on their like 8th choice and it was a good hire. But we went hard after Harbaugh, Miles was always a question and then who else?
We didn't have near the options. It was just a bad year to fire your coach. There wasn't anyone out there.
Even when we got Rich Rod, there wasn't anyone really out there for Michigan.
In hindsight, sure, we would've loved to have had Strong, but he wasn't who he is today at that time. David Shaw wasn't David Shaw when we hired Rich Rod or Hoke.
So who? Kirk Ferentz? Dan Mullen?
The same thing happened to Tennessee, they fired their coach in a bad year and ended up with Butch Jones.
OSU lucked up and Meyer was available when they needed a coach.
It was bad luck that we just picked a bad year and there weren't many options to begin with.
I think the dumbest thing about that comment is that Charlie Strong has yet to coach a game at Texas. Brady Hoke has a winning record at Michigan. After the Coach Rod era, why do people continue to assume that some schools just win automatically?
I'm not sure if he was truly the 8th choice. It would not surprise me to see coaches uses this search to secure new contracts. It also could have been that Texas approached many people to judge interest even if they had a single target. Mora could have removed his name because he could tell there wasn't much interest and he wanted it to look like his choice.
I agree with your assessment of the Michigan search although I think it's far too early to call Hoke a bust. As the depth is replenished, I expect improvement over the next couple of years and beyound.
No confidentiality and too many big egos...it was a joke.
They asked every single one of those guys and thought they had a shot...because they're Texas.
What they didn't realize is they MAY have gotten one if they didn't force his hand with the media.
They became everything we knew they were...arrogant and media crazy. If you can't run a coaching search properly, what's the media going to be like when the coach is actually there?
I think eventually they ended up with a candidate that didn't care about the circus because it was such a big step up for him.
What an enlightening lecture about how bad Texas screwed up with a search that ended up with such a successful result.
I'm sorry, but a Michigan fan lecturing freaking Texas over a search that ends with Charlie Strong? I only wish we screwed up coaching searches this ably.
this is not directed only at you - I've heard this mess from many people.
You land Charlie Strong on January 3rd-4th, it's a successful f'n search.
What, are there freaking style points in play here?
You wouldn't want Charlie Strong coaching your team?
Who cares what happened before landing a guy if you land a great coach?
Who gives a damn?
I think the Urban hire was completely orchestrated. That whole ordeal with urbz stepping down at Florida, coming back, leaving, then finally taking the Osu position.
OSU (and Meyer) knew all about Tatgate back then, and secretly planned to submarine Tressel and risk major sanctions for the new coach they were methodically putting in place three years prior. Meanwhile in Gainseville, Urbs is playing his part with the precision of a Namibian bush surgeon. He cunningly gambles his family life in a beautiful con spanning three years, ending at God's Toilet Seat (the Shoe).
You will surely have undying fame for uncovering this diabolical plot. Get Giraldo on this shit, STAT.
You had me at Namibian Bush surgeon
Before Hoke was offered the job there were reports that Schiano turned us down.
I'll be the first to go on record to say if this is true, I don't see this ending well.
Why? Great pedigree at a big time school. Success as a head coach. Almost no hire is a slam dunk, but this is about as good as you'd normally get.
referring to winterblue75's comment
I should have given more background.
1) this is not who the powers that be (big money donors) wanted.
2) fan expectations were /are much higher. There was a belief by many fans that Mike Tomlin (yes, the Steelers coach) or Nick Saban would be the next head coach. I addresses that issue in a thread a few weeks ago.
3) A&M hired a black head coach and now Texas follows suit. If you think the MSU infactuation on the board lately has been bad, live a day in the life of the UT/A&M mutual inferiority complex in this state.
4) expectations are for 11 win seasons at least. Not 10 wins, 11 at least. Mack set that standard and couldn't live up to it. You saw what happened to him. I think Strong is a good head coach, just not a consistent 11+ wins a year head coach when Sumlin is doing what he is doing at A&M.
5) finally, but most important, being the head coach at UT is about so much more than what you see on Saturday. strong seems like a good guy, but doesn't have that special personality that is required to be the face of Longhorn nation.
point 1 - probably good to ignore donors during hiring search
point 2 - fans (as we know) are silly about their expectations, also should be ignored
point 3 - seems oddly racist
point 4 - of course he has to put Texas into the national championship picture; why else would he go there? also, it's a little easier now, you just have to be in the top 4 (not 2)
point 5 - well, i guess we'll see; winning solves a lot of "personality" problems
Point 1) UT is very proud of its status as the richest program in the country. If you looked at the makeup of the "selection" committee, there are many links to the big donors. If they go with Stong, there will be many who are not happy. (Doesn't matter that the reality is that the people they did want we're not going to come anyway).
Point 2) no need to argue about the stupidity of some fans. But in a a state like Texas where you are splitting fans up between, A&M, Texas, Texas Tech, Baylor, and to some degree TCU, keeping the fans is vital.
Point 3) no way to sugar coat it, racism is alive and well in parts of Texas. More so than I have experienced up north.
Point 4) all I can say is it is different. The best way I can explain it is by comparing it to the board lately. There are many posts on MGoBlog talking about 10-3 being a good year next year if Michigan beats at least one rival. That standard does not fly in Texas. At least 11 wins, beat Oklahoma, be in the mix for the National Championship, do better than A&M. That's it. Doesn't matter the reality, that's the expectation.
Point 5) Mack Brown created "Come early, stay late, wear orange". He brought UT's program back from the doldrums of mediocrity not just on the field, but in the hearts of the fans. Granted the on field performance played a big role. The day he "retired", there were billboards up around town with his picture and " Class Act". Not the week after, not the day after, THE day. For all the negative comments about the past few years performance, people here still love him for what he did for the program. That is hard to follow. Just ask RichRod.
just not a consistent 11+ wins a year head coach when Sumlin is doing what he is doing at A&M.
Sorry to get hung up on this point, but I really don't think it helps your argument. Yes, A&M won 11 games in 2012. However, Sumlin has zero conference title appearances and his only noteworthy victories are at Alabama and OK-State in the Cotton Bowl. He is about to lose a once-in-a-decade type player in Manziel and one of the best WRs in the country in Mike Evans. Also, his teams play zero defense.
A&M is about to regress. Actually they already did this season -- 8-4 is probably going to be their baseline for the foreseeable future.
That comment is in reference to two things. The first is recruiting. Sumlin has already gotten recruits in head to head battles with UT that easily would have been UT commits in the past. That may not make A&M national contenders, but what it does is lessen the talent gap UT has had over every other program in this part of the country for years. Baylor's recruiting has also affected UT's talent advantage over everyone else. One example is Ahmad Dixon. He was a UT verbal until he switched to Baylor. (In that particular case, there may have been some other issues. Nothing was ever confirmed). The second is more perception based. The impression in Texas is that A&M has been the better program the past few years (you could argue they have). This does not sit well with UT fans. Kind of like MSU's recent success and how some UM fans have reacted. Because of the "success" of A&M the microscope on Strong would be even more acute because there will not only be pressure to succeed on a national level, but to fight the local perception of A&M's current success.
Why not?? the guy can recruit, develop talent, and win big with Louisville. Imagine what he can do at Texas
Intriguing but not a very scary hire. Any of the names mentioned before (Harbaugh, Saban, etc.) would have been really scary with the in state talent
Now for every open college position I can't bring up Strong. Oh well Gruden to PSU.
Seems like a pretty good hire, but I can't say it wows me. He's a good coach, for sure, but there are thirty programs that would be a step up from UL. Texas is supposed to be sui generis and be able to get anyone they want. I'd imagine being rejectect by coaches from Baylor and UCLA is going to stick in the craw of a lot of UT fans.
Charlie Strong is one of the hottest names around. Texas has basically hired Rich Rodriguez: a hot young name that had a lot of success at a smaller program. To hear this is an underwhelming hire really surprises me.
That aside, am I way out of line to wonder how Texans will feel about having a black head coach?
way out of line, yes. Whether or not you actually are ... well, I hope you are.
We shouldn't have to hide from reality to appease someone's sense of moral superiority. I would bet that much of the old money behind Texas is not happy about this. Texas is a racist state. Them's the facts.
Honestly, I don't know if that's even true. But I've heard it for a long time, hence the questioning. Maybe some Texans on the board could comment.
I know I've heard a ton of racism in Metro-Detroit bars about the Lions/Caldwell situation.
Not so fast my friend. Pat Forde reporting on twitter that Charlie Strong has yet to accept the position nor speak to his superiors at Louisville.
Even though it may not be official - if this is indeed going down - until Louisville's team meeting at 9 AM this morning, I still am not sure that I think this is enough to make Strong a bad fit. If anything, Texas probably needs someone who would rather work (in Strong's case, recruit, develop and do both well) with less such distractions, even if the folks in Austin can't stand it.
when it comes from Forde, usually doing the opposite is probably best.
Sort of a typical reaction from someone who got scooped, and doesn't really preclude the 24/7 report from being correct. That way when Forde hears that one or the other has happened, he can report it and act like he's the scooper and not the scoopee.
Wikipedia already has him listed as the head coach of Texas.
edit: not so fast - someone changed it back.
Is this the ONLY minority head coach at a top-20 college job? Texas, Bama, Ohio St, Mich, Florida, USC, Auburn, Oklahoma, LSU, Nebraska, ND...these aren't in any order, but this is going to be interesting.
No. Shaw at Stanford. Sumlin at Texas A&M.
Stanford has been good but I wouldn't consider it top-20 at the moment. Still, none of the other powerhouses. ND had one in the last ten years. Very few others.
Stanford has produced a Heisman winner, won multiple Rose Bowls, and produced two of the best QBs in college football history.(Elway, Luck) Outside of Johnny Football, the Wrecking Crew, and John David Crow, what has A&M done in football?
with Bear Bryant?
Won an AP National Title. Won a number of Cotton Bowls when the Cotton was one of the big 4 Bowl Games (Rose, Sugar, Orange and Cotton).
If you consider that top 20ish job at the moment.
are not well represented either. That is a travesty. There should be a law!
Is it really that great of a hire? For some reason (just purely gut) I don't see this as a great hire. Not bad, just not great.
But I don't think it is for Texas.
I would've loved to have seen Strong at Miami with Golden at PSU. The U would've been back in full effect.
I was really hoping Saban would take the Texas job. I've always kind of liked Texas because I kind of view them as the Michigan of the south. Saban just feels "BIG" and Texas is "BIG"...not that Alabama isn't, just seems like that would've been a good fit on many levels.
Briles would've been a nice hire there too.
Ummmmmmm, the Longhorns appeared in two national championship games winning one against a stacked (and illegal) USC and losing one to a stacked Alabama team.
One National Championship appearance every eight years is not good enough for some people.
This despite that fact that Alabama claims the most National Championships in college football with 12 in 121 seasons, or one every ten seasons.
I know it was sarcasm, but sadly that was true here in Austin. The sad thing was it had basically been 25+ years since UT had been relavent on the national stage and yet the guy still got run out of town. Granted there were many reasons, some based on record and team performance, many more behind the scenes issues.
He's a great coach, Mack Brown is basically Lloyd Carr to me.
I think Strong will do well because he'll be able to recruit really well, Tyrone Swoopes might have a shot in Strong's system as well.
That said, I just don't know when you're talking longterm. It'll be interesting to watch.
I don't see many similarities to Carr and Brown. Very different situations they walked into. Also very different backgrounds and personalities. Final expectations may be the only similarity.
I just meant in on the field product...
I few good years surrounded by average...eventually the fanbases grew tired of 3-4 loss seasons and wanted a new voice.
Both fanbases wanted BCS wins and when they didn't get them, they kind of pushed the coach out. Texas moreso than Michigan, but Texas and it's "machine" is a lot bigger.
I get what you are saying. I have a different perspective on Mack Brown and UT given my location and connections to the program. Given my addiction to Michigan this probably makes me more sensitive to the differences.
He will bring Texas back, IMO.
He's got a persona large enough to fit the Texas job, commands a lot of respect, seems to recruit well, and obviously has done well on the field. Could be a home run for Texas
Some more info from other people.
This is the same guy who said Jimbo Fisher was going to be the next coach. I'm going to wait until other people start coming out with info.
Edit: My post looks stupid now since post above has other sources.
It's not stupid. Everyone is saying everything on Twitter right now, Strong was offered, strong received no offers, Strong will accept, Strong strong strong, Strong will talk it over
That's Twitter for you
However, Texas is Texas and of course they're going to leak shit.
I guarantee Strong accepted but said that he wanted to talk to his AD, Prez and team.
He's a great coach and I think and hope he does well, but he's in for a whole new world at Texas.
Strong has good on record about his admiration for Jurich and how he gave him a shot and hung with him. Jurich has also had opportunities to leave and they've stayed and showed loyalty to each other. That said, I don't think Jurich can play Strong for leave if he's going to be making 5-7 million a year and coaching the biggest program in the country.
The White House, With all of these leaks
If I could have only started thread....IF it happens great hire if not...woe is Texas. With golden leaving Miami and other coaches clamoring for the job....gonna get tight out there
So Golden to PSU is done deal?
Expect it soon....
But ESPN did report that he said he is willing to listen and interview.
I've heard that he will not be able to say no to PSU if they offer. I think they will.
But no, not a done deal.
He is not returning calls to coaches....admin...or recruits. I'd say done deal. Names already surfacing for replacement.... Butch Davis biggest right now and he reached out to university
Good for us since he gonna bring the D coord who SUCKS!! He drops D lineman into coverage ALL the time
Who is "us" in your post?
The big ten.....really?!? Have you EVER watched their D?? Jackass......
Your post was actually confusing because you replied to a guy who was repying to the OP. Since the OP is about Strong to Texas it is not that crazy to think you are talking about the UL defensive coordinator.
I just hope Texas gives him a fair shake.
UT has averaged over 5 losses per year the last four seasons, and recent recruiting classes haven't been the surefire top-five kind they've had for a while now. Not to mention they've had Stoops (four straight 10-win seasons and two BCS bowl wins), Miles (averaging 11 wins last four seasons), Briles (Heisman, conference title and BCS bowl appearance), Gundy (three 10-win seasons and BCS bowl win), Sumlin (Heisman, 20 wins in 2 years, following a 12 win season at Houston), and now Kingsbury (blowout win over ASU in first season), all doing serious work in their backyard.
The odds that UT will just be raring to go from a personnel standpoint any time soon aren't terribly great. It will be interesting to see what the perception is if the first couple seasons look like Brown's last few.
2013 class - ranked 24th. 15 recruits. Average star/player - 3.6 (ranked 8th in average star/player)
2012 class - ranked 2nd, 24 recruits. Average star/player - 3.64 (ranked 7th in average star/player)
2011 class - ranked 3rd, 22 recruits. Average star/player - 3.77 (ranked 2nd in average star/player)
2010 class - ranked 3rd, 25 recruits. Average star/player - 3.92 (ranked 2nd in average star/player)
2009 class - ranked 5th, 20 recruits. Average star/player - 3.85 (ranked 3rd in average star/player)
I'd say their recruiting has been pretty good the last 5 years.
Those 2009 guys will all be gone next year. And average star/player doesn't really help you if you get there by only taking 15 guys.
Between the 2013 class and what they have so far this year, UT will have 16 guys who are rated 4-star or higher on Rivals. Texas A&M has 27 over the same period. Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan, LSU, and UCLA at least matched that 16 guys in 2013 alone. Alabama has exceeded that number again in 2014 alone. So has Tennessee.
Those classes won't payoff for a while, but if the earlier ones were as good as advertised the Horns would probably have a better record the last four years. Unless Mack's scouting dramatically improved as his recruiting rankings dipped, things aren't going to be a cakewalk by any stretch, yet that seems to be the way a lot of casual observers view the Texas job.
of the teams you mentioned, I don't think Texas plays any of them in the regular season.
I've always thought there's two big keys to being a head coach in college - recruiting and player development. Mack to me seems like he's done a good job of recruiting. It's his player development that I question. The same thing kind of happened to Bowden at the end of his career - solid recruiting but he couldn't translate that into much more 4 and 5 loss seasons.
Guy wins more than he loses. Guy gets good head coaching job.
Funny how that stuff works out.
his agents sucks. how he only got 5 mil/yr out of money bags Texas? with the their search was going, he should've been able to get 6.5-7 mil
5 mil/yr is pretty freakin good for guy who hasnt done anything yet. Yeah he won a Sugar Bowl with Louisville last year but that doesnt make you worth 5 mil much less 6-7. I'm sure he's got good incentives in his proposed contract but I'd actually be shocked if they paid him 5 mil right off the bat. Too much for a guy with 4 years of HC experience in a weak conference with the aid of the future #1 pick in the draft
Yes great for him but if your willing to pay more as has been reported, that number just seems low.
incentives. Bait the hook.
Jim Plunkett was a pretty good Stanford QB, just saying. Stanford has some ties with a couple of pretty good football guys from MEEEEEEEEEEEEECHIGAN, Fielding Yost and Jimmay Harbaugh, just saying. " GO BLUE "
I think this is a fantastic hire for Texas. He was one of the best defensive coordinators in football a few years back. He then goes to Louisville and he is known for offense and Teddy. The guy knows what he is doing on both sides of the ball, recruits well, and should be a good fit. I don't see how anyone could call this questionable. I think out of realistic options Strong was actually the best choice.
I think Strong is a good coach, but I'd view him as an underwhelming hire at Michigan and I have to assume I have lesser expectations than most Texas fans/alums/donors.
Only time will tell on this one, but they definitely did not have him on the top of their list.
What is Hoke then?
To me, Hoke was very underwhelming. It was like opening a Christmas present and its socks. They're useful and could get you warm... maybe even slide you into a nice new pair of shoes, but its not what you wanted.
If you could waive a wand and replace our staff with Strong and Co., you wouldn't be thrilled?
I'd finally be able to f'n sleep at night.
We don't even know who the Co. is.
I suspect you're of the opinion that the grass is always greener on the neighbor's lawn.
No, I'm of the opinion that our grass is looking an unhealthy shade of brown right now. And therefore, I'm slow to critique the by all appearances excellent company the neighbors just hired to fix their lawn.
In your analogy, the company is totally unstaffed. You only know the CEO. What if he hires a bunch of gophers to do your neighbors' landscaping?
5 mil a year for 5 years? Seems low for Texas, no?
but I actual think that's high for a guy like Strong. It's not like he's won a national title or anything. He's got 4 years experience and a BCS bowl win to his credit. Doesn't scream blank check to me
have been built in for Strong that would dramatically alter his annual salary.
My biggest question will be whether he can recruit as well at Texas considering that he's known for his state of Florida connections. When it comes to recruiting in Texas, I don't think he will be able to out recruit Sumlin and Briles on the offensive side of the ball (both of whom run far more attractive offenses). Perhaps this may be Texas taking a stand that defense can be played in the Big 12...
He just coached the guy who will be the number one draft pick in 2014. An offensive guy even. He has recruiting ties to probably the second best recruiting area in the country. He's coaching at the school where they normally get to pick and choose their recruits from the best recruiting area in the country. Yeah, I'm sure he'll have recruiting problems.
Where that QB is from. Florida (Side note: he only ended up at Louisville after Randy Shannon was fired at Miami). How many players on the Texas roster are from east of Louisiana. Three. How many from Florida? Zero. How many players on Louisville's roster are from west of the Mississippi? Two. How many from Florida? 35. Winning at Texas REQUIRES winning recruiting in the state of Texas; something that Strong had precious little experience with and has shown no ability to do as a college coach. The potential is high that A&M and Baylor will absolutely dominate instate recruiting while Strong gets his feet under him in the state of Texas. It's not that he's not a great coach (I'm not saying that). It's just that Texas really isn't a school that historically recruits all that much outside of Texas. Sumlin and Briles already have those Texas relationships.
You did knock his offense, though, despite it being led by the #1 NFL draft pick and being really good and scoring a lot and getting a lot of yards and...
He WAS a defensive coordinator. He IS now a head coach. And his offense has been good.
Saying that Sumlin and Briles run an offense that is more attractive to most offensive skill position recruits isn't a knock on Strong's offense. Very few coaches in the entire country run a more creative offense than either of those two. It's just stating the obvious: he will have a hard time recruiting offensive skill position players against those two coaches.
I understood your point. I disagree. Michigan has had no problem landing offensive skill position players despite their awful offense. I think that with regard to recruiting, the school itself and the head coach are far more important than the particular unit or scheme.
Look at our line recruiting; why would any youngster want to learn from Funk about Borges's offense? Because they get to play at Michigan for Brady Hoke. And we have had no problem convincing guys of that.
hes from Arkansas, I think he understands the area. He probably never recruited the area heavy because he was coaching in Florida before UL and just like Texas u don't really have to look outside the state and while at UL just used his Florida connections.
This looks like a great hire to me. What Strong did at Louisville was very impressive. Texas seems like a place where you're especially likely to be sunk by politics, but I think Strong will have major success if that doesn't happen.
this was a surprise hire I would thought he would hold out for the job at Florida after Muschamp ever got canned or wait to see what Golden does about PSU job. Strong could of went to one of them since he has strong recruiting ties in Florida which both Florida and Miami need to best FSU in state. I thought this would be Franklins job to go to Texas and Golden to PSU
here, in 2014.
I really have lost any trust in the man, but others opinions may vary. Still, I don't think that thread would read the same if it hit the board today.
I guess it makes sense, but the culture fit at a place like Texas is so unique that a youngish coach from a small school has some unknowns. That said, Strong can coach and recruit, which are always huge.
seems there is a snag in the negotiations over his buyout and taxes
Great hire for Texas, great move for Charlie Strong. With Bridgewater moving on, his stock will never be higher.
The Louisville job is a better job than it was when they hired Strong, not just because Strong is leaving the program in great shape, but because they're moving to the ACC next season. They would be wise to give Narduzzi a call.
The buzz around here is David Cutcliffe
Good coach but he is like 60 years old.
Looks like a Monday press conference. ESPN reporting a 5 year, $25 mil contract.
Strong will be named as coach today with a press conference to be held Monday. Interesting question is what happens to defensive line coach Clint Hurtt who is not expected to follow Strong to Texas. Hurtt is under sanctions for providing illegal benefits to recruits while at Miami. He was the primary recruiter of Bridgewater.
Miami's AD is also claiming they will be able to retain Golden as their head coach.