It has been a great 24 hours for anyone who is a fan of the Big 12 Conference. A night after the Oklahoma Sooners absolutely demolished the highly-revered Alabama Crimson Tide, the Texas Longhorns have responded by making one of the biggest hires in program history. According to multiple outlets via Twitter, the Longhorns have decided to name Charlie Strong the next head coach of their football team.
The UT source said Louisville’s Charlie Strong will be offered the job, and Strong has indicated he will accept.
— Chip Brown (@ChipBrownOB) January 4, 2014
BREAKING: Horns247 first to report that Texas will hire Louisville coach Charlie Strong.
— Bobby Burton (@BobbyBurton247) January 4, 2014
Now, most folks in Texas only know Strong for his most recent work with the Louisville Cardinals, but the head coach’s resume is much deeper than that. An Arkansas native, Strong’s last stint with a school based in Texas was back in 1985 when Strong served as a graduate assistant for the rival Texas A&M Aggies. Since that time, Strong has established himself as a defensive mastermind, who was the defensive coordinator behind two Florida Gators National Championship titles in the mid-to-late 2000s.
However, Strong is not merely a defensive coordinator who is forced to coach offense. In fact, his 2013 Cardinals ranked 16th in the nation in passing yards per game as Teddy Bridgewater solidified himself as the top quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft class and likely leaves Louisville as the program’s best quarterback of all time.
Moreover, it’s Strong’s balance that is going to help the Longhorns get back on top of the Big 12. Texas really knocked this hire out of the park as the 53-year-old is a wonderful recruiter that has shown he can prepare his players on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.