Louisville head coach Charlie Strong is reportedly trading bourbon for bar-b-que, Cardinal red for burnt orange.
The University of Texas announced that it wants Strong to replace Mack Brown as head coach of the Longhorns, which was first reported by 247 Sports; however, Strong has still not accepted the position. Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports says there’s still “one stumbling block.”
Strong’s reported deal is a five-year contract, worth $5 million per season. That salary would make him the third-highest paid coach in the country behind Alabama’s Nick Saban and Arkansas’ Bret Bielema.
At Louisville, where he became the head coach before the 2010 season, Strong compiled a 37-15 record, won two conference titles and oversaw a memorable upset of his former stomping grounds, The University of Florida, in the 2013 Sugar Bowl. Strong has been credited with resurrecting the Cardinals’ football program after it had stagnated following the departure of Bobby Petrino for the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons.
Strong’s 2012 Cardinals squad didn’t win its conference, but still put up a princely 12-1 record. Strong’s known for his defensive pedigree (he was the defensive coordinator at both South Carolina and Florida) and carnivorous recruiting, two things Texas needs. In Brown’s last season as head coach, the Longhorns’ five losses came by an average of 21.6 points, not to mention the school saw its stranglehold over Texas’ top high school recruits loosen as rival programs like Texas A&M, Baylor and Texas Tech have looked like better destinations.