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Texas still in holding pattern on Louisville’s Charlie Strong

Posted January 4th, 2014

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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 athletic director Tom Jurich and his university president.

Strong had a 15-minute meeting with his assistant coaches Saturday morning and most of them quickly left the building. A source close to Strong told the American-Statesman nothing definitive happened in the meeting and they “don’t know what is going to happen.” There were about a dozen or so Louisville fans and media waiting outside the building.

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Further complicating matters is that Jurich was vacationing in Colorado and could not return quickly because of weather problems. Jurich has not responded to various messages from the American-Statesman.

One other issue could be Strong’s assistant Clint Hurtt, who was hit with a two-year NCAA show-cause penalty in October for violations at Miami tied to the Nevin Shapiro scandal. According to the NCAA penalty, Hurtt is banned from any recruiting activity until the spring 2014. It’s unclear whether Strong would try to bring Hurtt along with him to Texas.

Strong has been offered a five year contract worth approximately $5 million annually, a source told the American-Statesman.

A high-ranking UT source said Strong and Vanerbilt’s James Franklin were still in play late Friday, an indication that if Strong turns the job down, Texas is ready to move on to Franklin. However, the source confirmed that Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher and Alabama’s Nick Saban were now off the board as candidates.

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