Charlie Strong on the field before the last game of the season at Royal-Memorial Stadium on Friday November 25, 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Former Texas coach Charlie Strong headed to Alabama as defensive analyst

Reports indicate Texas hired two analysts last week, but it’s unclear what advantage any of them provide

Posted February 18th, 2020

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Former Texas coach Charlie Strong has been hired by Alabama’s Nick Saban to be a defensive analyst for the Crimson Tide, ESPN reported Tuesday.

Strong had some job offers to join other SEC schools as a defensive coach but ultimately landed in Tuscaloosa.

Strong was 21-16 at South Florida from 2017-19 after three losing seasons at Texas.

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Analyst jobs are all the rage for unemployed coaches waiting for their next opportunity. NCAA rules limit how much contact these analysts can have with players, though. And analysts are not allowed to act as on-field coaches during practice.

In most cases, these analysts are not heard from again until the day they leave. Typically, they do not give interviews and the head coach does not mention them in public.

For example, it’s unclear what contributions former North Carolina coach Larry Fedora brought to the Texas staff last season as an offensive analyst. Fedora is now the offensive coordinator at Baylor.

Texas recently hired former Texas State coach Everett Withers as an offensive analyst and former North Carolina State defensive coordinator Dave Huxtable as a defensive analyst, according to internet reports. Texas confirmed the hiring of Huxtable on Tuesday but not Withers.

Withers worked under Mack Brown at Texas from 1998-2000 and would later work with Tom Herman at Ohio State in 2012-13. Withers was 7-28 in three seasons as the head coach at Texas State from 2016-18.

Huxtable, a longtime defensive coaching veteran, coached linebackers at Wisconsin in 2011 when Texas defensive coordinator Chris Ash was there, too.

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

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