Louisville Coach Charlie Strong to Leave for the Texas Longhorns

01/05/2014 07:49 AM

UofL has confirmed to various media sources that Louisville Head Coach Charlie Strong will leave the Cardinals for the Texas Longhorns.

Strong reportedly met with AD Tom Jurich on Saturday night when he informed Jurich of his decision. Strong told his staff during a meeting on Saturday morning that he had not yet made a decision about Texas. An official announcement is expected Sunday and a press conference on Monday.

Strong interviewed with Texas Athletic Director Steve Patterson earlier this week. He will replace outgoing coach Mack Brown, who left the university in December after 16 seasons there. UT, reportedly, also showed interest in UCLA coach Jim Mora and Baylor’s Art Briles, both of whom said they had no interest in leaving their positions. Strong interviewed for the head coaching position at Tennessee last offseason but chose instead to stay at Louisville.

Sports Illustrated reported that Strong’s five-year deal is worth about $5-million per season. He leaves the Cardinals with a 37-15 record. Strong is fresh off a Russell Athletic Bowl win, finishing 12-1 this season. Texas finished 8-5 after losing to Oregon in the Alamo Bowl.

Earlier this week, Teddy Bridgewater announced he will leave UofL for the NFL Draft. Louisville will now enter its first season in the ACC with a new quarterback and a new head coach.

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