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With the news that USF is now looking for a new offensive coordinator after Sterlin Gilbert left Wednesday to become McNeese State’s head coach, the solution may be already on Charlie Strong’s staff.

Former Buccaneers quarterback and now USF current running backs coach, Shaun King seems to be a logical choice to take over the offense for Strong. And while the Bulls floundered at the end of the 2018 regular season losing their final five games, one thing they did very well throughout the year is: run the football.

In fact running back Jordan Cronkrite finished with 1095 yards on the season and a 6.3 average per carry. He also had a five-game stretch where he ran for a hundred or more yards in every one of them. This included an October 6th game, where Cronkrite set the USF single-game record with 302 yards rushing against UMass.

While Cronkite’s numbers tapered off during the five-game losing streak at the end of the year, he still was very effective this past season overall. And, that bodes well for King getting at least a good look to take over the play-calling for the offense.

King was held over by Strong when he took over the job in 2017 after King had been hired by former coach Willie Taggart, as quarterbacks coach for the 2016 season. That year, King tutored Quinton Flowers during his junior season as the Bulls developed into a 10-win program and contended for the AAC championship.

Flowers went on to smash several school and USF career records after completion of his senior season in 2017.

King obviously has expertise in playing quarterback having done so at a very high level with Tulane, leading them to an unbeaten season in 1998. Then, King was later a second round draft pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and played for a couple of other NFL teams in having a six-year career.

He is most known for leading the Bucs to a 4-1 record at the end of his 1999 rookie regular season and helping get the Bucs to the 1999 NFC Championship game loss against the then-St Louis Rams. King started all 16 games the following year leading the Bucs to a 10-6 record and a playoff appearance. He was a reserve quarterback in Tampa Bay for the next 3 seasons including the Superbowl-winning year of 2002.

So he not only has name recognition in the Tampa Bay area for recruiting, but understands offense and what USF has already been doing the last couple of years with Gilbert, he’s scheme and play calls.

There has also been some speculation that King might rejoin Taggart in Tallahassee at Florida State. This after the Noles offense of coordinator, Walt Bell, left earlier in the week to take the head coaching job at UMass after just one season with FSU.

King is not likely to get the offensive coordinator job at FSU, because there’s a higher anxiety and scrutiny about how bad Florida State was this past season by their standards. And, there will be much more pressure on Taggart and to get a high profile experienced coordinator for that hire. However, King could still end up on Taggart staff as a position coach, too.

So, now we wait to see if Charlie Strong is truly interested in elevating the most likely candidate off his staff to take over the play-calling, or if he will go outside the building, and look for a bigger name with more experience himself.

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Report- Alabama will hire Charlie Strong as consultant

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Former USF coach Charlie Strong has decided on a new role for the upcoming 2020 season, and it won’t be in Gainesville.

ESPN college football insider Chris Low reported Tuesday morning that Strong has agreed to join Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama as a defensive “consultant” for this season

As we wrote last week, Strong had visited Saban and the Tide about the possible position on his staff, while considering a similar opportunity to join either Dan Mullen’s Gators staff or a couple of others in a consulting role. None of this will affect the nearly $3 million that USF still owes him as the buyout on the final two years of his contract.

Strong was fired after the Bulls collapsed losing their final four games to finish 4 – 8 this season. They were beaten by 27 or more points five times this year, including the last two losses to Memphis and rival UCF. This combined with the Bulls having lost their final six games, including their bowl game last year, meant that Strong had lost 14 of his final 18 games.

USF hired Clemson Co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott earlier about a week later and gave him a 5-year, $12 million deal to become a first-time head coach in FBS football.

There had been some debate about Strong’s buyout being the amount of compensation that was remaining on his original five-year contract that he signed when he took the job in December of 2016 after being fired by the University of Texas. That contract called for Strong to be paid to $2. 5 million on average for 2020 and 2021.

However, USF informed Strong in his termination letter that the amount would be approximately $3 million under clauses in his deal.

Saban has a history of taking in former head coaches to come to Bama and observe and assist as a consultant with either his offense or defense. He’s done this for the last two years with former Tennessee coach Butch Jones and obviously, took in both Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian both of whom had been fired as coaches by USC at different stages.

Strong is known is an outstanding defensive coach from his previous days, as the Gators defensive coordinator under Urban Meyer. He later went on to success at the University of Louisville before taking The the Texas head coaching job in 2014.

Strong was fired after three seasons in Austin in 2016, but immediately hired by USF to replace Willie Taggart.

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Former USF coach Strong to be consultant for Alabama?

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And intriguing item popped up Friday morning involving former USF head coach Charlie Strong and him visiting Nick Saban the Alabama football program.

According to Alabama Insider and radio host, Aaron Suttles, Strong, who was dismissed last December after his third season with the Bulls, was in Tuscaloosa Thursday meeting with Saban and his staff:

Strong had also been reportedly talking with the University of Florida about a possible consultant role, which likely would not affect the nearly $3 million that USF still owes him as the buyout on the final two years of his contract.

Strong was fired after the Bulls collapsed losing their final four games to finish 4 – 8 this season. They were beaten by 27 or more points five times this year, including the last two losses to Memphis and rival UCF. This combined with the Bulls having lost their final six games, including their bowl game last year, meant that Strong had lost 14 of his final 18 games.

USF hired Clemson Co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott earlier about a week later and gave him a 5-year, $12 million deal to become a first-time head coach in FBS football.

There had been some debate about Strong’s buyout being the amount of compensation that was remaining on his original five-year contract that he signed when he took the job in December of 2016 after being fired by the University of Texas. That contract called for Strong to be paid to $2. 5 million on average for 2020 and 2021.

However, USF informed Strong in his termination letter that the amount would be approximately $3 million under clauses in his deal.

Saban has a history of taking in former head coaches to come to Bama and observe and assist as a consultant with either his offense or defense. He’s done this for the last two years with former Tennessee coach Butch Jones and obviously, took in both Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian both of whom had been fired as coaches by USC at different stages.

Strong is known is an outstanding defensive coach from his previous days, as the Gators defensive coordinator under Urban Meyer. He later went on to success at the University of Louisville before taking The the Texas head coaching job in 2014.

Strong was fired after three seasons in Austin in 2016, but immediately hired by USF to replace Willie Taggart

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