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UT regents approve Charlie Strong’s term sheet

The UT System Board of Regents approved a basic term sheet for new football coach Charlie Strong on Monday in a unanimous vote via conference call. Strong and athletic director Steve Patterson agreed to a five-year deal worth $5 million annually. The contract includes a $100,000 escalator clause that starts … Read More

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Louisville’s Shawn Watson discussing offensive role with Charlie Strong

Texas football players got their first chance to meet coach Charlie Strong at a team meeting Sunday night as more pieces of his staff continue falling into place. Louisville offensive coordinator Shawn Watson, who worked under Strong the last three seasons, was in Austin over the weekend to discuss a … Read More

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Charlie Strong to Red McCombs: ‘I want you around’

Charlie Strong said he spoke to UT booster Red McCombs on Thursday, and the new Texas football coach encouraged the 86-year-old to remain a part of the program. It’s unclear whether Strong reached out to McCombs or vice versa. Speaking on the Paul Finebaum Show, Strong said, “We had a … Read More

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Seeing Red? Charlie Strong shrugs off inflammatory comments by booster

New Texas coach Charlie Strong shrugged off comments made by UT benefactor Red McCombs and said, “I think once you win some football games, you’re going to change a lot of people’s attitudes.” Speaking on the Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday morning, Strong was asked if he would reach out … Read More

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UT regents likely to meet next week, finalize Strong contract

The UT System Board of Regents will likely have a special meeting next week to approve the five-year contract for new head football coach Charlie Strong, a UT source with knowledge of the process said. Strong has agreed to a five-year deal worth approximately $5 million annually. However, all UT … Read More

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Charlie Strong makes his Longhorn Network debut

New Texas football coach Charlie Strong aced his first major media test during the introductory press conference. He looked right at home Monday night on Longhorn Network, too. Strong taped an interview with LHN during the day where he acknowledged Texas’ history and his desire to land a top-tier job. Read More

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Texas loses two defensive line recruits late Tuesday

Texas lost two defensive line recruits late Tuesday because their position coach is headed to USC. San Antonio Warren’s Trey Lealaimatafao wasn’t thrilled that defensive tackles coach Bo Davis is leaving for USC. The 6-foot-1-inch, 300-pounder announced on Twitter late Tuesday, “Officially 100% decommitted from Texas.” Lealaimatafao has offers from a host … Read More

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Strength coach Bennie Wylie leaving Texas, clears way for L’Ville’s Pat Moorer

Bennie Wylie, the strength and conditioning coach under Mack Brown, issued a message this morning on his Twitter account that he was leaving, effectively confirming that new coach Charlie Strong will hire Pat Moorer from Louisville for that position. “Thanks Coach Brown for 3 great seasons!,” Wylie said. “Good luck … Read More

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Signs point to Louisville’s Vance Bedford as defensive coordinator

New Texas football coach Charlie Strong has until Jan. 16 to get his staff assembled before in-person recruiting resumes, so time is of the essence. Strong’s first order of business Tuesday was to secure his defensive coordinator. Louisville defensive coordinator Vance Bedford is scheduled to be in Austin on Wednesday … Read More

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Louisville AD: Texas is getting a ‘very fine football coach’

Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich said Sunday he knew once he finally met with Charlie Strong, the coach had already made up his mind — Strong was going to Texas. “I know he wanted to see me face to face, and I give a man a lot of credit for that,” … Read More

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Texas makes it official with Charlie Strong announcement

Here’s the complete release from the Texas athletic department about new head football coach Charlie Strong. CHARLIE STRONG NAMED TEXAS HEAD FOOTBALL COACH Former Louisville head coach and two-time conference coach of the year becomes the 29th head coach in UT history. AUSTIN, Texas — A two-time conference coach of the … Read More

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Sources: Texas job down to Strong, Franklin — no deals have been made

Just when it seemed that Texas officials were close to naming Louisville’s Charlie Strong as their next head football coach, a high-ranking university source told the American-Statesman no final decision had been made. Strong and Vanderbilt’s James Franklin are still in the mix, but school officials have ruled out Florida … Read More

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Texas still in holding pattern on Louisville’s Charlie Strong

Texas officials and fans everywhere were still in a holding pattern Saturday morning as they waited to hear a final answer from Louisville coach Charlie Strong. Strong was offered the job on Friday, a high-ranking UT source told the American-Statesman. But Strong wanted to go back and talk to Louisville … Read More

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Charlie Strong update: Mother Nature holding things up for UT

Mother Nature appears to be the only thing stopping Louisville’s Charlie Strong from becoming the next head football coach at Texas. Sources at both Texas and Louisville told the American-Statesman on Saturday that Strong is poised to accept the job but wants to meet with Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich … Read More

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Louisville confirms Charlie Strong leaving for Texas job

Louisville officials confirmed late Saturday that Charlie Strong will leave to become the next head football coach at the University of Texas. Texas has not made an official announcement because they were waiting for Strong to have a face-to-face meeting with Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich, who was stuck in … Read More

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UT search: Fisher, Strong still targets, some push Saban

Texas officials are still strongly considering Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher and Louisville’s Charlie Strong and haven’t completely given up the idea of luring Alabama’s Nick Saban to Austin, the American-Statesman has learned. Some key UT power brokers are still enchanted with the idea of landing Saban, which would be viewed … Read More

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Baylor’s Briles says he’s staying put

Baylor’s Art Briles will not be Texas’ next coach. Briles released a statement this morning, saying he was staying put: “I have no desire to pursue other coaching positions,” Briles said. “As I’ve said many times, I am both humbled and honored to be the head coach at Baylor University, … Read More

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Baylor’s Bob Simpson ‘hopeful’ Art Briles stays with Bears

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Texas Rangers owner and Baylor benefactor Bob Simpson said he’s hopeful Briles will remain at Baylor. At this point, Simpson admitted there’s nothing the school can really do to stop Texas or anyone else from stealing him away. The school has already given Briles a new 10-year … Read More

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No contact with Briles; UT search still open

Texas athletic director Steve Patterson’s self-imposed deadline to find a new football coach (Jan. 15) is now less than two weeks away, but the situation is still murky and no coach should be viewed as the clear frontrunner. Baylor coach Art Briles did not have any contact with Patterson on … Read More

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Texas interviews Charlie Strong; Art Briles next?

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Baylor coach Art Briles has not been interviewed by Texas athletic director Steve Patterson for the Longhorns head coaching vacancy, but a source very close to Briles said he would be willing to visit after Wednesday night’s Fiesta Bowl. The American-Statesman has also confirmed previously published reports that … Read More