Last week reports surfaced that Charlie Strong and USF were in talks, and over the weekend, they made it official.
“I would like to thank President Genshaft and Mark Harlan for their confidence and belief in me,” Strong said in a statement released by USF. “I am humbled that we have a shared commitment to take this university and this football program to even greater heights. Some of the best football talent in the country is right here in the Bay Area and throughout the state of Florida, and I feel blessed to have the opportunity to work with the young men in the USF football program and build on the strong foundation already in place.”
The head coaching job at South Florida came open when Willie Taggart was hired by Oregon to take over the Duck’s program. And of course, coach Strong was looking for work after being fired by Texas.
Unlike when he took the job at Texas three years ago, Strong will walk into a pretty good situation in South Florida. The Bulls went 8-5 in 2015 and 10-2 this year including wins over #22 Navy and their biggest rival, Central Florida.
Strong, who has ties to the state of Florida from his days on the Gator’s staff, will look to hit the ground running as the Bulls prepare to face South Carolina in the Birmingham Bowl on December 29th. According to Chris Low of ESPN, coach Strong could bring much of his Texas staff with him, including offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert.
Interestingly enough, the hire means the Longhorns haven’t seen the last of coach Strong. It’s being reported that coach Strong signed a five-year deal, which would mean, Strong will lead the Bulls into Austin for their non-conference matchup 2020. That’s a game I don’t want to miss!