Charlie Strong is coming back to Florida, this time as the head coach of the University of South Florida Bulls according to sources. It’s believed to be a five year deal. USF has confirmed the hire via Twitter.
— USF Football (@USFFootball) December 11, 2016
As we told you earlier on Thursday, negotiations aimed at making Strong the fourth head coach in USF football history were ongoing and were wrapped up late Saturday and night early Sunday morning.
Strong comes to USF following a three-year stint at the University of Texas, where he was fired just two weeks ago after producing a 16-21 record.
He replaces Willie Taggart, who guided the Bulls to a 10-2 record this year and was named the new coach at the University of Oregon on Wednesday. The Bulls obviously, wasted no time in getting his replacement secured.
Terms of Strong’s contract were not immediately available but it is believed that USF will pay Strong a minimal amount during the first two years of the deal as the University of Texas is believe to still be on the hook for much of the $11 million of Strong’s previous contract.
The hiring of Charlie Strong comes just ahead of the beginning of a “dead period’’ for college recruiting that begins Monday. And, it is his strength as a recruiter, however, particularly here in the state of Florida, that made him so attractive to USF.
Strong has been through and won a lot of recruiting battles in Florida, first as a defensive ends coach and defensive coordinator with the University of Florida under then coach Urban Meyer and later as the head coach at Louisville.
It was in fact, Strong who coerced Teddy Bridgewater into leaving South Florida and playing his college ball at Louisville, where Strong led the Cardinals to a 33-23 upset “BCS Bowl” victory over the Gators in the 2013 Sugar Bowl.
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