Report: Charlie Strong expected to become Texas Longhorns coach

The Texas Longhorns could be closing in on their new head coach. According to Chip Brown of, Louisville head coach Charlie Strong is expected to accept the position.

Information surfaced on Friday afternoon that AD Steve Patterson had narrowed his search down to Strong and Vanderbilt’s James Franklin, and that a decision would be made within 24 hours.

Strong has yet to announce his decision to Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich, and was scheduled to hold a staff meeting on Saturday morning. He will meet with Louisville officials before making his plans known to the media.

The Batesville, Arkansas native received his head coaching start with the Cardinals in 2010. In the four years at the helm, he has led the program to a 37-15 overall record and a bowl appearance in each season, winning three.

If Strong does accept the job, the intriguing angle is the Florida-Texas connection. The Gators passed over their longtime assistant for the Longhorns’ coach-in-waiting, Will Muschamp. While hindsight is 20/20, it will be interesting to see the final success each coach will have had at his respective university.