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Is Charlie Strong entering his final week at USF?

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With one game remaining against rival UCF coming this Friday night, the question for USF football is: are we looking at the final week that third-year coach Charlie Strong will be at the helm?

It’s a question that we have written about several times already this season, but after Saturday’s latest blowout loss at home to Memphis 49 – 10 , the whispers have turned to louder voices on the former Texas and Louisville coach’s removal.

First on the game Saturday, USF started fine with an early 7-0 lead and was playing competitively, including intercepting Memphis quarterback Brady White a couple of times. However, Memphis got their offense in the gear behind Kenny Gainwell rushing for 128 yards and fellow RB Patrick Taylor scoring three times.

And most importantly, the Bulls offense, which is sputtered most of this year under first-year coordinator Kerwin Bell, could not put anything together even at home against a suspect Tigers defense.

USF registered only a pathetic 44 pass yards for the game, as Memphis pulled away in the third quarter and cruised to the victory.

So, with three consecutive home losses and now a record of 4 – 7, it remains to be seen whether athletic director Michael Kelly, who took over last season will decide to get rid of Strong? It is believed that Strong would be owed around $5 million for the final two years on his deal.

Strong is further in jeopardy, because USF lost their final six games a year ago, including their bowl game. And then, they opened the season with a humiliating 49 – 0 loss to Wisconsin. That led to a road loss at lowly Georgia Tech and being wiped out by SMU and Navy previously, before Saturday in the conference.

When you consider that one of USF’s wins is against an FCS opposition this season, then that means Strong is 3 – 13 in his last 16 games with the Bulls against FBS teams

Strong repeatedly has repelled questions about his job security, saying he can only be focused on that week’s opponent. Still, there’s only one opponent left and UCF is primed at home this Friday night to whallup the Bulls.

And if they do, despite starting with a 10-win season and a bowl victory in year one, Strong will have completed a dismal last season and a half, which may spell the end of his tenure in Tampa

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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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