Charlie Strong
American college football player, college football coach
Charlie Strong
Charlie R. Strong is an American college football coach and former player. Strong is a native of Arkansas and graduated from the University of Central Arkansas, where he played college football. He currently serves as the head coach for the University of Louisville football team, and has previously held assistant coach and defensive coordinator positions with six different college football teams.
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Charlie Strong got a second chance, and he doesn't intend to waste it
Fox News - about 1 month
The Texas experiment went belly-up, but things are looking up for Charlie Strong.
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South Florida Grabs Charlie Strong After Texas Lets Him Go
NYTimes - 2 months
Strong was 16-21 in three years with the Longhorns. The Bulls play in a conference where he has already had success.
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College football: South Florida hires Charlie Strong as coach
LATimes - 2 months
Three weeks after being fired by Texas, Charlie Strong was hired Sunday to be the coach at South Florida, returning to a region where he has deep roots and a conference where he has won championships.  Strong was fired by Texas on Nov. 26, the day after coaching his final game with the Longhorns....
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Charlie Strong in preliminary talks for South Florida job
ABC News - 2 months
Former Texas coach Charlie Strong has had preliminary talks with South Florida officials about the Bulls' head-coaching job and was scheduled to meet with school officials Friday, sources told ESPN. South Florida is looking for a replacement for Willie Taggart, who left to take the Oregon head-coaching job, and Strong is atop the Bulls' list, sources said, confirming multiple reports. The former Longhorns coach has strong ties in Florida and has recruited that state extensively. He was the defensive coordinator at Florida under Urban Meyer when the Gators won national championships in 2006 and 2008 and had three previous stints on the Gators' staff, including working under Steve Spurrier in the early 1990s. Strong, 56, was fired at Texas last month after going 5-7 this season. He was 16-21 in three seasons at Texas but was 37-15 in four seasons as Louisville?head coach from 2010 to 2013. He won 11 games in 2012. ...
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Houston's Tom Herman expected to replace Charlie Strong at Texas
Chicago Times - 3 months
Charlie Strong is done at Texas. And Tom Herman is apparently about to start. A person with direct knowledge of the discussions says  Herman, currently the Houston coach,  has told the school he is leaving to become the next coach of the Texas Longhorns. The person confirmed Herman's move to Texas...
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Texas leaves Charlie Strong and Longhorns players in limbo
ABC News - 3 months
When embattled Texas?coach Charlie Strong walked into a team meeting room on Sunday, a day after another devastating loss, this time to woebegone Kansas, he said his players looked at him "like they were seeing a ghost." "Guys, it's really me," Strong told them. Strong was the only Texas official with enough courage and guts to show himself in public on Monday, a day after there were various media reports, including from ESPN, that athletic director Mike Perrin and university president Gregory Fenves had already decided to fire him. For the record, Strong said he met with Perrin and talked with Fenves on Sunday. Strong said he was told that he and his coaching staff would be evaluated at the end of the regular season, and that a decision wouldn't be made until after Friday's regular-season finale against TCU in Austin. Perrin said the same thing in a statement the university released on Sunday night. For what it's worth, Strong believes the result of...
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Spotlight: Charlie Strong's roller-coaster ride at Texas takes another plunge
LATimes - 3 months
This season has been one long roller-coaster ride for Texas Coach Charlie Strong. Up: a thrilling opening win over Notre Dame. Down: consecutive losses to California, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma. Up: consecutive wins over Baylor and Texas Tech. Pause: a tough loss to nationally ranked West Virginia. ...
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Texas getting 'extreme pressure' from boosters to hire Tom Herman
ABC News - 3 months
Texas' administration is receiving "extreme pressure" from prominent boosters to dismiss Charlie Strong and hire Houston coach Tom Herman, sources told ESPN. Earlier this week, Strong's job was considered safe if the Longhorns (5-5) won out against Kansas and TCU. However, that all changed when Houston upset No. 5 Louisville Thursday, sources said. That was because in October the lure of Herman, always considered Texas' No. 1 target, had dulled with losses to Navy and SMU and near losses to Tulsa and UCF. The SMU loss was extremely troubling to UT's boosters because it was to a perceived "lesser school" in the state, sources said. That all changed with Herman improving to 22-3 at Houston by dominating Louisville. After that win, the bidding war for Herman is expected to start "at a minimum of $5.5 million," an industry source said. Herman is considered among the leading candidates at Texas and LSU, if Jimbo Fisher...
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Charlie Strong, Texas win on road, topping Texas Tech 45-37 - USA TODAY
Google News - 4 months
USA TODAY Charlie Strong, Texas win on road, topping Texas Tech 45-37 USA TODAY LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — D'Onta Foreman had career highs with three touchdowns and 341 yards, and Shane Buechele threw for two touchdowns to lead Texas over Texas Tech 45-37 on Saturday. It was Foreman's 10th consecutive game with more than ... Jamaal Charles: Texas' Foreman is the best RB in Charlie Strong moves closer to keeping his job behind D'Onta Foreman's big day and Texas defense's clutch stopDallas News D'Onta Foreman runs for 341 yards as UT tops Texas TechHouston Chronicle -Midland Reporter-Telegram all 235 news articles »
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Big 12 hot seats topped by Charlie Strong at Texas
Yahoo News - 4 months
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Charlie Strong began his weekly news conference Monday by spending a couple of minutes discussing the multitude of self-inflicted wounds that cost Texas in its lost to Kansas State on Saturday.
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Charlie Strong: Texas boosters always just a phone call away
ABC News - 4 months
AUSTIN, Texas -- With reports swirling that Texas power brokers may be moving to oust him after this season, Longhorns coach Charlie Strong says he's heard the rumblings and is engaged -- as always -- with the principal boosters. "I know the guys to keep in touch with, and I do," Strong told on Monday. "They've been great and always want to know if there's anything they can do to help. Now, I don't go to dinner with those guys, so I'm not going to be seen in public with them. I'm not a member of their country club and I don't play golf, so I don't go play golf with them. But I pick up the phone and call them, keep in touch." Strong, in his third season at Texas, is 13-17 in his first 30 games. The Longhorns are 2-3 after their third straight loss Saturday, a 45-40 defeat to the rival Oklahoma Sooners. All the while, just down the road, Houston's Tom Herman is the name many are floating as a potential replacement for Strong. . ...
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Texas Coach Strong Enters Oklahoma Game Under Pressure Again
NYTimes - 5 months
A year ago, Texas coach Charlie Strong strengthened his shaky job status with an upset win over Oklahoma.
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By next Saturday, playoff chaos and Charlie Strong's seat will heat up
ABC News - 5 months
While wondering how in the world Georgia pulled off that unbelievable win against Tennessee ... wait, what the? ... I mean how Tennessee pulled off that unbelievable win against Georgia, let's look ahead to what everyone will be obsessing about this week. Some things we'll be obsessing about all week 1. Louisville could be the selection committee's worst nightmare We're barely into October and we already have the absolutely worst scenario for the College Football Playoff selection committee. If Alabama (SEC), Washington (Pac-12), Clemson (ACC), Ohio State or Michigan (Big Ten) and Baylor (Big 12) each win their respective league title with only one loss and then Louisville finishes 11-1 with wins against Florida State and Houston and a pulsating 42-36 loss at Clemson, what in the world will the committee members do? Six teams with six legitimate arguments to get into the four-team playoff. The committee prefers conference champions,. ...
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Source: Texas won't move on Strong midseason - ESPN
Google News - 5 months
ESPN Source: Texas won't move on Strong midseason ESPN Brett McMurphy has the latest regarding Charlie Strong's future at Texas and says if struggles continue, expect the defensive staff to be sacrificed. (1:36). Facebook · Twitter · Pinterest · Email; comment. 1:30 AM ET. Brett McMurphyCollege football ... National reaction to Texas-OKST: Charlie Strong on hot seat; Longhorn boosters 'racing' to get Tom Herman?Dallas News (blog) Texas AD: 'We need to evaluate' after loss to Oklahoma Charlie Strong: Latest News, Rumors, Speculation on Texas Coach's FutureBleacher Report -The Big Lead all 370 news articles »
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Texas offensive lineman Kent Perkins arrested on DWI charge - USA TODAY
Google News - 5 months
CBS Local Texas offensive lineman Kent Perkins arrested on DWI charge USA TODAY AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas offensive lineman Kent Perkins has been arrested in Austin on a driving while intoxicated charge. Austin police say Perkins was pulled over shortly before 3 a.m. Friday while driving near the UT campus. Perkins was taken ... Clemson's Jalen Williams 'to miss a few weeks' with sprained Charlie Strong after OL Kent Perkins in accident, charged with DWI: 'We're disappointed'Dallas Morning News (blog) Kent Perkins Arrested: Latest Details and Comments on Texas OLBleacher Report -Concho valley homepage all 30 news articles »
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Strong to Get More Involved, Texas Defense 'Will Get Fixed'
NYTimes - 5 months
Texas coach Charlie Strong said Monday he will take a bigger role shaping his battered defense and that all of his coaches "will be evaluated" after giving up 50 points in a loss at California over the weekend.
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Strong 'Knew All Along' About His Quarterback Duo at Texas
NYTimes - 6 months
Texas coach Charlie Strong says he "knew all along" what he had at quarterback. He just chose not to tell anyone.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Charlie Strong
  • 2015
    Age 54
    In 2015, Strong's coaching staff got a top-10, recruiting class, competing with rivals Texas A&M, Baylor, Texas Tech and TCU in in-state recruiting.
    More Details Hide Details And during the spring, the coaches switched the offense to a spread offense, as the quarterbacks Strong recruits are used to this style since it is extensively used in high school, Strong noted. Strong's first upset win against a top 10 team at Texas was in the Red River Showdown in his second year, beating Oklahoma 24-17. Strong had begun the season 1-4, and coming into the game, the Longhorns program was noted by multiple national media outlets as being in trouble. The Longhorns dominated the rushing attack with 313 yards on the ground and had two players rush for over 100 yards in the game. Both players (QB Jerrod Heard and RB D'Onta Foreman) were in their second years, signalling the success of Strong's recruiting at Texas. After the victory, the players picked up Strong and crowd-surfed him in the middle of the field, then Strong posed for photos wearing the Golden Hat. Texas would finish 5-7, not eligible for a bowl game, but ended the season on a high note upsetting No. 12 Baylor. The offseason saw Strong bring in another offensive coordinator in Sterling Gilbert from Tulsa, and a top-10 recruiting class. Texas started their 2016 campaign against Notre Dame at home, starting freshman QB Shane Buechelle, but it was Tyrone Swoopes getting Texas the game winning touchdown, upsetting No. 10 Notre Dame in 2OT. In the following AP poll, Texas was ranked for the first time under Strong, at No. 11.
  • 2014
    Age 53
    On January 5, 2014, the University of Texas announced that Strong would be leaving the University of Louisville to accept the head football coach position at Texas to replace Mack Brown.
    More Details Hide Details Strong's 5-year contract is worth $5 million annually. He was formally introduced as Texas' 29th head coach the next day and became the first black head coach of the Texas football program. UT Athletic Director Steve Patterson and UT President Bill Powers stated their reasons for hiring Strong for the head coaching position was due to Strong's commitment to the tradition of the UT Football program as well as the development of the student-athletes. Strong discussed his devotion to his athletes in his first press conference as the head coach of Texas, "I want to see players develop on the field as well as off the field The program is always going to be about physical and mental toughness." In his first training camp as Longhorns coach, Strong suspended or dismissed a number of players for legal and disciplinary reasons. Players went to training camp with blank white helmets and Strong said they would have to earn the right to have the Longhorn logo on them.
  • 2013
    Age 52
    On January 23, 2013, Strong was given a $1.4 million raise which brought his annual compensation to $3.7 million and raised his buyout to $5 million.
    More Details Hide Details At the time it made him 7th highest paid active coach in college football and highest paid coach outside the SEC, Big 12, and Big Ten conferences.
    Strong led Louisville to a victory in the 2013 Sugar Bowl over his former team, the Florida Gators, by a final score of 33–23.
    More Details Hide Details It was the biggest upset victory in terms of point spread in any BCS bowl game since the inception of the BCS in 1998, as Florida entered the game favored by almost two touchdowns.
  • 2009
    Age 48
    He became the 21st head football coach at the University of Louisville on December 9, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details In a telephone interview that day with columnist Pat Forde, former Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy, himself African-American, said of Strong, "When they see what he can do, you're probably going to have a lot of people disappointed they didn't hire him sooner."
    In a January 2009 interview with the Orlando Sentinel, Strong expressed his belief that race played a large part in the reason that he hadn't been offered a head coaching job in 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Strong, whose wife is white, especially cited prospective employers' discomfort with his interracial marriage.
  • 2004
    Age 43
    Florida head coach Ron Zook was fired midway through the Gators' 2004 season, but continued to coach until the bowl game; Strong served as interim coach of the Gators for one game, the December 2004 Peach Bowl.
    More Details Hide Details Florida lost the game, 27–10, to Miami. When Urban Meyer was hired as Florida's head coach, Strong was the only assistant coach retained from Zook's staff.
  • 2003
    Age 42
    Strong was hired as defensive coordinator for the Florida Gators before the 2003 season.
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  • 1999
    Age 38
    In 1999, Strong joined the South Carolina Gamecocks as defensive coordinator.
    More Details Hide Details His stifling defenses and charismatic personality created buzz that he would be possibly the first black head coach in the SEC, but job offers were slim. Sylvester Croom eventually broke the color barrier in the SEC coaching ranks in 2004.
  • 1986
    Age 25
    Strong's first full-time coaching job was at Southern Illinois in 1986, where he coached wide receivers.
    More Details Hide Details He later assumed defensive coaching duties at Florida, Ole Miss, and Notre Dame.
  • 1985
    Age 24
    He later served as a graduate assistant at Texas A&M in 1985.
    More Details Hide Details He received a master's degree from Henderson State University and also received a master's degree and education specialist degree from the University of Florida. He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity.
  • 1983
    Age 22
    After lettering for four years (1980–1983) as a defensive back at the University of Central Arkansas, Strong joined the University of Florida coaching staff as a graduate assistant in 1983.
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  • 1960
    Born on August 2, 1960.
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