Charlie Strong talks Florida Coaching Job

The question was inevitably going to come up on Monday at Charlie Strong’s press conference.

So Chip Brown wasted little time in asking: Does Texas’ head coach have any interest in the Florida coaching job, which will be vacated by Will Muschamp after the season?

“I have a great job here,” Strong said. “There's still a lot of work to get done here."

Strong has a long history of coaching for the Gators, which began in 1983 when he spent two seasons as a graduate assistant.

He then coached the Gators’ linebackers from 1988-89, Florida’s defensive ends from 1991-1993, was UF’s assistant head coach as well as its defensive tackles coach in 1994.

His last stint with the Gators lasted from 2003 to 2009 when Strong moved up all the way to defensive coordinator.

Strong signed a five-year contract worth more than $25 million in January. After a 3-5 start, Texas has won three straight to become bowl eligible and will face TCU to close out the regular season at home on Thanksgiving.

Muschamp, who Strong defeated in the 2013 Sugar Bowl while the head coach at Louisville, will coach the final two games of UF’s season before stepping down. He is 27-20 in four seasons as Florida’s head coach, including just 17-15 in the SEC.

Saturday’s 23-20 overtime loss to South Carolina was the Gators’ sixth in the last eight home games.

Last year UF lost eight starters to season-ending injuries and finished 4-8, its first losing season since 1979.

Muschamp was hired away from Texas after the 2010 season when the then-UT defensive coordinator was named the Longhorns’ head coach in waiting.


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