From left, University of South Florida President Judy Genshaft, new football coach Charlie Strong, his wife, Victoria, and daughters Hope and Hailee, and USF Athletic Director Mark Harlan, pose for a picture after an NCAA college football press conference at the Marshall Student Center at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Dec 15, 2016. (Andres Leiva/Tampa Bay Times via AP)


Pete Thamel gives two reasons why Charlie Strong could do better at South Florida than Texas

Posted July 19th, 2017


A few things one can take away from former Sports Illustrated turned Yahoo Sports reporter Pete Thamel’s latest post about Charlie Strong: The coach was tired of watching the Jerry Springer Show … reportedly. The others? Charlie Strong is more likely to score more points next season than he was when he got to Texas.

Thamel’s latest piece highlights just how Strong could be in a better position to win at South Florida than he ever was at Texas. Along with 16 returning starters and a schedule that includes the Stony Brook Seawolves and the Massachusetts Minutemen, Thamel points out that the offense, led by former Texas offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert, and quarterback, returning  American Athletic Conference Player of the Year quarterback Quinton Flowers, give Strong something he never had at Texas.

Thamel writes:


“Without a clear offensive identity, Texas flailed through its first two seasons under Strong. By the time Sterlin Gilbert installed a hyper-tempo spread last season and freshman quarterback Shane Buechele arrived, Texas couldn’t win enough games.”

South Florida is a popular darkhorse team to make noise this season, even landing at No. 18 in the Statesman’s Top 25 Countdown.

Strong and his staff were replaced following the 2016 season, the second consecutive 5-win year at Texas, and a 16-21 overall record.