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.
Former Texas coach Charlie Strong has agreed to become the next head coach at South Florida, sources tell https://t.co/hEHqp7In61.
— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) December 11, 2016
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.”
Source: Charlie Strong expected to be next coach at South Florida. Sides closing in on a 5-year contract.
— Pete Thamel (@SIPeteThamel) December 11, 2016
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.”
— tom korun (@tkorunwfts) December 10, 2016
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.