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USF/UCF- Bulls playing to salvage their season

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Entering into what has the likely potential to be his last game as USF’s head coach, Charlie Strong didn’t have too much to say about his upcoming match up with their state rival. Throughout the season, Strong has repeatedly has repelled questions about his job security, saying he can only be focused on that week’s opponent. And in their final week of the season, he’s got a chance to reclaim the “War on I4” title from UCF and earn some respect back for the Bulls.

But much like he’s been all year, Strong seemed unenthused and disinterested when addressing questions on Tuesday on how the Bulls are preparing for their upcoming rivalry contest.

“We’re gonna have to tackle well. They’re a big play team, they like to keep the ball outside not he perimeter. Gabriels done a great job of throwing it down field and finding the receiver to go and make plays. They’re a very physical group of receivers they go up in traffic and catch to and they just flat out run it.”

On how they’re going to produce some offense that his been struggling to find it’s rhythm all season, he explained that it’s going to require the O-Line to step up and block and taking better care of the ball.

“Defensively they’ve just done a great job of putting pressure on teams. When they get teams down they just keep putting pressure on teams. We gotta be able to just block them on offense and just got try and create some plays where we just get first downs and just drive the football and don’t turn it over and give it back to them”

While UCF has underperformed this season compared to the previous two, they are still a dangerous team with a good chance of making it into a good bowl game. The Knights are the obvious favorites going into the matchup, with a defensive and offensive front that will give the Bulls fits all evening.

However, Strong believes that they’ll have a fighting chance if the team can play with confidence and more consistent.

“We’re going into their place and we’re going to have to play with a lot of confidence and we’re gonna have to play all three phases. We’re gonna have to show up and be consistent in how we play.”

UCF is playing to extend their rivalry streak to a third year in a row, while the Bulls will be trying to restore, at least partially, a disastrous season by wrapping it up with an important win.

That’s the beauty of rivalry week, most of the time it’s anybody’s game, and a win against your rival can salvage what has been a year of mostly disappointment.

Abbey is a native Floridan who grew up a fan of all Tampa Bay sports teams. She’s recently graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Media Communication Studies. In her time at FSU, she was an In-Game Host for the Basketball and Baseball teams, and reported for Seminole Sports Magazine, producing feature stories that appeared on Fox Sports Sun. She’s excited to share her perspective on all of Florida’s Football teams, especially the Seminoles.

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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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