I attended the University of Florida while Charlie Strong was the Gators defensive coordinator. I’d often cross paths with him in the dining hall, thinking to myself each time I saw Strong that he could still suit up. He’s really in impressive shape.
That was 10 years ago. According to ESPN’s Chris Low, at the age of 53 Strong is still going, well, strong. The new Texas head coach starts his days, which include a five to six mile run, at 4:50 in the morning.
Charlie Strong may be 53, but he looks like he could still play. He runs 5 or 6 miles every day, and he’s out there every morning by 4:50.
— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) July 23, 2014
Talk about dedication. While it may not directly effect his on-field product, that sort of mentality is exactly what a program like Texas needs leading it. I’ve said it since Florida let him get out of Gainesville: Strong is destined for the big time. If Texas and the fans can temper their expectations while Strong gets settled in, they could have a special coach on their hands.