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USF- UCF find out dates for opponents in 2019 AAC schedule release

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With never a moment to waste, the American Athletic Conference has already put its composite football schedule dates for the upcoming 2019 season for USF, UCF and all their schools out on Thursday.

While ESPN is in virtual total control of the game times, and may even end up moving a game or two off of a certain date later this year, the AAC has listed its schedule on its official site:

For defending Champion UCF, we already knew their out of conference schedule. It lays out like this: the Knights will host Florida A&M in their opener on Thursday night August 29th at Spectrum Stadium.

UCF will then travel to Boca Raton to play Florida Atlantic the following Saturday. That will be followed by hosting Pac-12 perennial power Stanford back in Orlando on September 14th before finishing the non-conference slate at Pitt the following week.

Coach Josh Heupel’s Knights will open AAC play at home on Saturday September 28th playing UConn. Curiously, the Knights opened with the same Huskies a year ago and destroyed them in Connecticut to begin 2018 march to another unbeaten regular season.

UCF will play a Friday night “stand alone” conference battle at Cincinnati on October 4th, and then, after an off week will take on East Carolina at home on October 19th. The Knights are at Temple the following week before hosting Houston on Saturday November 2nd.

UCF has another Friday night nationally televised game at Tulsa November 8th, and then, after a bye week will play at Tulane on Saturday November 23rd. They’re traditional Friday day after Thanksgiving game with USF will be at Spectrum Stadium on November 29th.

For the Bulls, we already knew their out of conference schedule, as well. They will begin playing Friday August 30th at home against Big Ten power Wisconsin, and then, play another Power Five team the following week on Saturday September 7th at Georgia Tech.

The Bulls get a bit of a breather on Saturday September 14th with South Carolina State at home and then, take a week off.

USF opens conference play at home with SMU at Raymond James Stadium on September 28th. The Bulls play UConn the following week in Connecticut, and then, come back home to play out of conference BYU on October 12th.

USF will travel to the Naval Academy in conference play on October 19th and stay on the road for October 26th in a match-up at East Carolina.

Charlie Strong’s Bulls get a “stand alone” national television game at home with Temple on Thursday night November 7th and then, they’ll play Cincinnati nine days later at Raymond James Stadium on November 16th.

USF plays Memphis the following week on November 23rd before the close out I-4 rivalry game with UCF the following Friday.

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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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