Current Louisville coach Charlie Strong is expected to formally accept the Texas head coaching job over the weekend after agreeing to terms to become the 29th head coach in Texas history. Strong will replace Mack Brown, who won 158 games and a national championship in 16 years, the second-most wins in school history.
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Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel reported Friday night that Strong's deal is for five years at about $5 million per season. Strong was making $3.7 million per year in base pay at Louisville, with a $4.375 million buyout at this time.
After a playing career at Central Arkansas, Strong served graduate assistantships at Florida (1983-84) and Texas A&M (85) before landing a full-time assistant job at Southern Illinois as the wide receivers coach. He was there from 1986-1987 before making the move back to Florida as outside linebackers coach for 1988-89.
Strong worked one more season as an offensive assistant when he was wide receivers coach at Ole Miss in 1990 before moving to the defensive side for good. He again went back to Florida as assistant head coach and defensive tackles coach from 1991-94, then served as defensive line coach at Notre Dame from 1995-98. Strong then took his first defensive coordinator job at South Carolina from 1999-01 before serving as defensive coordinator at Florida from 2002-09.
As an assistant coach, Strong was a three-time finalist for the Frank Broyles Award, which goes to the top assistant coach in the nation.
In 2010, Strong took over a Louisville program that had won just 15 games in the previous three seasons. In the four years since, he's lost just 15 times, going 37-15 including a sparkling 23-3 mark over the last two years, including a Sugar Bowl victory and wins over Florida and Miami in the postseason.
According to Scout.com's Jason Higdon, Strong is expected to make his decision in the morning, though two athletics department sources told LonghornDigest.com that Strong had already indicated that he would accept the job.