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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Report: Charlie Strong one of ‘top candidates’ for South Florida job

Posted December 7th, 2016

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Reports surfaced Wednesday morning that Oregon will hire South Florida’s Willie Taggart as its new football coach, and already former Texas coach Charlie Strong is being linked to the potential vacancy in Tampa.

ESPN college football insider Brett McMurphy listed Strong among “top candidates at USF,” according to his sources.

Fox Sports reporter Bruce Feldman also linked Strong to South Florida, including that “word is he’d prefer USF over UC.” Strong has also been linked to the opening at Cincinnati created by Tommy Tuberville’s resignation.

All of this comes a little more than a week after Strong was fired at Texas. Neither South Florida or Cincinnati would be much of a stretch, as Strong has ties in both areas as far as recruiting and past experience.

Prior to his arrival in Austin, Strong spent four seasons as the head coach at Louisville. The two schools are separated by roughly 100 miles and have been rivals in the past when they were both in Conference USA. As for South Florida, Strong spent 15 seasons at Florida over four different stints, and continued recruiting the state after he was hired at Louisville.

As previously reported, Strong getting hired by another school could offset his buyout by as much as 50 percent. Texas owed Strong “the base salary that coach is receiving at the date of such termination” through Jan. 23, 2019 — an estimated value of $10.4 million.

Cincinnati and South Florida were both candidates for Big 12 expansion earlier this year, but the conference declined invitations to everyone it met with.

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