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Happy Birthday, Texas head coach Charlie Strong

Posted August 2nd, 2015

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Texas Longhorns Head Coach Charlie Strong waves to a Texas Longhorns fan during pregame  against Arkansas  in the  NCAA college Advovare Texas Bowl football game at NRG Stadium Saturday, Dec 29, 2014. (RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN- STATESMAN)
Texas Longhorns Head Coach Charlie Strong waves to a Texas Longhorns fan during pregame against Arkansas in the NCAA college Advovare Texas Bowl football game at NRG Stadium Saturday, Dec 29, 2014. (RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN- STATESMAN)

Texas head coach Charlie Strong celebrated his 55th birthday on Sunday.

Strong officially became the 29th head coach in Longhorn history on January 5, 2014, with the promise to “put the [UT football] program back on the national stage.”

Strong graduated from the University of Central Arkansas, where he lettered all four years. He graduated with three All-Conference selections in football and two in track and field.

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Prior to becoming head coach at the University of Texas at Austin, Strong coached at Florida, South Carolina and Notre Dame. Strong was head coach of the Louisville Cardinals for three years before coming to Texas.

UT President Bill Powers, left, and Athletic Director Steve Patterson, far right, pose for photos with Charlie Strong after introducing him as the new head coach for Texas football during a press conference on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. (Deborah Cannon/ American Statesman)
UT President Bill Powers, left, and Athletic Director Steve Patterson, far right, pose for photos with Charlie Strong after introducing him as the new head coach for Texas football during a press conference on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. (Deborah Cannon/ American Statesman) Click here to see a gallery of photos from Strong’s introductory press conference. 

Since arriving on campus, Strong has implemented a strict code of conduct for Texas football players, led the Longhorns all the way to the AdvoCare V100 bowl game (even though the Longhorns ultimately lost), and even has a satirical Twitter account devoted to him.

From handing the floor over to Matthew McConaughey when the time called for it, to be brutally honest about Texas wide receiver Daje Johnson’s new rap album, Strong has certainly had an interesting and eventful first year as head coach.

To see a timeline of Strong’s career highlights, click here, and for all things Charlie Strong, click here.

Happy Birthday, coach! We’re counting down the days until kick-off.

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