Sources Reporting Strong To UF

I received a call at 4:40 PM this afternoon alerting me to the possibility that Charlie Strong might be leaving for Florida. I have spoken with various coaches and other sources this afternoon and night and have now been able to absolutely confirm ...

... that Charlie Strong is headed to the Gators.

This information first came to us via our Florida sources intitially and we have now confirmed it through our sources.

UF Finds New D.C. By Brady Ackerman Date: Dec 26, 2002

Now that it has been confirmed the next step is to begin considering who will be the replacement hire on the defensive side of the ball? We already know that Chris Cosh will become the new defensive coordinator. Cosh is an able coach, brilliant in many ways, and he was named as the successor as long as 18 months ago.

Strongs position-coach replacement will need to be a solid recruiter, preferably familiar with Strong's old haunts and the southeast as a whole. He will also need to come from a well pedigreed winning background and be focused on modern defensive line tactics.

We will keep you informed of the search for Strong's replacement in coming days. At the same time we wish Charlie Strong well in his new endeavors.

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