It is official. Charlie Strong will be the new head coach of the Texas Longhorns. As the Sporting News reports on Jan. 5, Texas officially made the announcement on Sunday making Strong the first African-American head coach at Texas.
On Saturday, reports surfaced that Strong was offered the job, but there was no confirmation that there was an offer or that Strong officially accepted. All of that was put to rest on Sunday as Charlie Strong officially said goodbye to Louisville and expressed his excitement and enthusiasm in joining a football program with the history and prestige of Texas.
The 53-year-old Strong said in a statement:
“I’m excited and my family is excited to have the chance to lead one of the premier football programs in the country. Texas is one of those places that is always on your radar and a program anyone would dream of being a part of because you have a chance to compete on a national level every year. It’s special because it has such great history, pride, tradition and passion for football.”
Strong will be making history of his own just by becoming head coach. His 37-15 record at Louisville has Texas AD Steve Patterson excited about the hire and the future Strong presents with the program.
“I am excited to have Charlie Strong here to build on the proud tradition of Texas football and the 16 great years that Mack Brown gave to the program,” Patterson said following the announcement.
He went on to speak highly of Strong’s success at Louisville as well as his character as an individual and as a leader.
Strong will reportedly receive a five-year contract that will pay him $5 million a year. Now attention turns to Louisville and the person who will fill the vacancy left by Strong. Candidates include Utah State coach Matt Wells, Colorado State coach Jim McElwain and Louisville offensive coordinator Shane Watson.