Charlie Strong Agrees To Deal, Becomes USF Coach

Charlie Strong Agreed To Deal, Becomes USF Head Coach

Sunday, December 11th 11:31 a.m.

According to Chris Low with ESPN, Charlie Strong has agreed to become South Florida’s new head coach.

Charlie Strong And USF Are Closing In On A Deal

Sunday, December 11th 10:30 a.m.

By: Jim Williams

Sources tell News and Sports Talk Florida that USF and Charlie Strong are nearly 95 percent done on a deal that would have him coaching the Bulls for at least five years. Those same sources give a great deal of credit to USF A.D. Mark Harlan and his search team for their creativity and their professionalism throughout what has a very “unique process.”

Harlan and his team have been working on a deal with two parties, Strong and the University of Texas. The complexity of the Longhorns $10.4 million buyout of Strong after firing him at the end of the season (read the details below) has been what has really made this process such a tough deal to craft.

The two sides continue to talk about the deal and have kept up a dialog that started on Thursday and now is entering what they hope is the home stretch. Both sides know that despite good faith efforts from each camp, this deal could go south, but all involved remain optimistic.

Our sources said that there is no doubt that Strong would love to be the next head coach at USF and the Bulls would love to have him. But as the saying goes the devil is in the details and if those details can be worked out then later today or at the latest Monday, Strong will coaching USF.

For those keeping track Houston promoted their offensive coordinator Major Lee Applewhite to head coach. Lane Kiffin and Les Miles had been in the mix for that opening, but the 38 year old Applewhite, was always considered the favorite.

Meanwhile, Cincinnati is going with Ohio State associate defensive coordinator Luke Fickell as the Bearcats new head coach. The Ohio native, has agreed to a six-year deal, which is pending approval by the UC Board of Trustees.

Lastly, Temple is still in the process of finding a coach to take over for Matt Rhile who left to take the Baylor job. They could promote defensive coordinator Phil Snow, someone that the players have told the administration they would like to see get the job.

There is also word that their former head coach Al Golden, not coaching the tight ends with the Detroit Lions would like his old job back, Greg Schiano, from the Bucs is in the mix as is Penn State offensive coordinator John Moorhead.

Temple, spoke with Charlie Strong a day before USF got to him but he never interviewed for the job.

Sunday, December 11th 10:03 a.m.

By: Allison Leslie

According to Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel, USF and Charlie Strong are “closing in on a five-year contract.”

On Saturday Joey Knight with the Tampa Bay Times reported that USF had a 60-40 shot at landing Strong after he had met with USF officials over the weekend.

Though Strong left without a signed contract he told Tom Korun with WFTS-TV, “I’ll be back.”

So what could possibly be holding up the contract so many Bulls fans want to see signed? A Texas contract.

Last month Strong was dismissed as the head coach at Texas after three season and a 16-21 record. As of now Texas still owes him about $10 million, which equals his final two years of base salary.

According to the contract, obtained by Joey Knight, if he lands another job during his payout period, Texas must be paid 50 percent of what he earns in his new position.

Hold the edge of your seat Bulls fan, this Sunday just might get exciting.

Strong In Preliminary Talks With USF

Friday, December 9th 1:41 p.m.

According to Chris Low with ESPN, former University of Texas head coach Charlie Strong is in preliminary talks with South Florida over the open head coach position.

Sources told ESPN that Strong is scheduled to meet with USF on Friday. As of 1 p.m. Strong was present in Tampa.

247Sports’ Josh Newberg, citing an unnamed source, reported that Willie Taggart is trying to hire Strong as his defensive coordinator at the University of Oregon.

With Major Applewhite being named Houston’s next head coach Lane Kiffin might still be in the mix for the USF job.

Additional reporting by Allison Leslie.

Charlie Strong Wants To Come To USF

Charlie Strong could be named the the new head coach of the USF Bulls, replacing Willie Taggart who left to take the Oregon job less than 48 hours ago. The former University of Texas head coach seemed to be the target of the the search committee almost as soon as it met.
Roy Cummings, with WFLA News Channel 8, was the first to report the news and Sports Talk Florida sources confirmed Strong could be named the new USF coach by the end of the day Friday.
There is no white smoke coming out of the Lee Roy Selmon Athletics Center, but the two sides are talking. No word as of yet coming from USF athletic Director Mark Harlan.
Part of the what maybe the complexity of Strong’s buyout comes the University of Texas. The deal is worth about $10.4 million to be payed over the next two years.
The deal has a clause that deducts any money USF pays Strong from the Texas deal. What could be holding the deal up is how best to back load the deal so that Strong can get max money from both Texas and USF.
The 56 year old Strong brings USF stability to the program. According to sources close to Strong tells Sports Talk Florida that he wants a school where he can be for the rest of his career.
Few people have a better relationship with high school coaches than does Strong. His ability to recruit top name talent is legendary.
He signed top name players for both Gators head coaches Steve Spurrier and Urban Meyer.
At the end of the 2009 year he left Florida where he was the defensive coordinator to get his first head coaching job at Louisville he had plenty of impressive references.
Photo: Insider Louisville
Ironically, one his biggest and most passionate supporters was none other than former Bucs head coach Tony Dungy. The same man who about a week ago called Oregon officials about USF coach Taggart.
Once at Louisville, Strong went down to south Florida and stole the talented quarterback Teddy Bridgewater away from a number of Sunshine State schools who wanted him.
It was with Bridgwater that Louisville had great success. With the big moment coming when Strong and Louisville beat the Gators in the Sugar Bowl game in 2013, which would in turn seal his fate as becoming head coach at the University of Texas.
Should Strong be sign he will have beaten out some quality coaches.
Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, former Tampa Bay Bucs head coach Greg Schiano, now serving as the defensive coordinator for Urban Meyer at Ohio State and former LSU head coach Les Miles were among the big names who wanted a shot a being the Bulls head coach.
There were a number of coordinators from Power 5 Conference schools who were thought to be on the list to be checked out.
In the end Strong seems to have checked all of the boxes including being an instant fan favorite.
While USF said they were going to take their time in hiring a coach they were up against the December 12th dark date when coaches can’t speak to recruits.
If this deal can be worked out and Strong is hired it will be a great get for Bulls Nation.
Additional reporting by Allison Leslie.