A few weeks after being fired as the head football coach at the University of Texas, it appears as if Charlie Strong has already found another gig. According to Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated, Charlie Strong and the University of South Florida are closing in on a five-year deal.
In his time in Austin, Coach Strong experienced many ups and downs. In the 2016 season alone, the Longhorns were able to knock off Notre Dame (and Baylor) and were ranked for the first time since the beginning of Strong's tenure. Unfortunately, Texas was only able to generate a 5-7 record, which included losses against some of the bottom-dwellers in the Big 12. One of these losses included a defeat at the hands of the Kansas Jayhawks, a team that had not knocked off Texas since 1938.
Unfortunately, at Texas a standard of excellence has been implemented that was simply not met in the past three seasons. Texas subsequently fired Coach Strong and hired former Houston head coach Tom Herman.
In those three seasons under Coach Strong, the Longhorns went 16-21. However, players under Coach Strong loved to play for him and felt a real connection with the coach. At the University of South Florida, Coach Strong will not have as high expectations and can hopefully develop a winning program with a little more time.