Charlie Strong hired at South Florida
Charlie Strong was not out of work long. South Florida hired the former Texas head coach Sunday to take over the program that has been on the ascend thanks to former coach Willie Taggert. Taggert accepted the Oregon job last week.
Strong is returning to the state where he first gained national prominence, as he was defensive coordinator for Ron Zook and Urban Meyer at the University of Florida. The program he inherits is full of young talent and will play South Carolina in the Birmingham Bowl December 29th.
Charlie Strong brings a career 53-37 record to South Florida, and will jump into the highly competitive state recruiting scene. South Florida will try to build on the momentum of this season and retain local prospects, keeping them away from the likes of Miami, Central Florida, Florida, and Florida State. Other national powers such as Clemson and Ohio State have also recruited very well in Charlie’s new backyard.
Strong has his hands full, but should be able to thrive in the American Athletic Conference. His former employer, The University of Texas, are very happy Strong landed somewhere as well. According to the Texas Tribune, the hire saved them millions.
If Strong got a new job, the terms of his buyout at UT-Austin would be reduced by half of the amount of Strong’s salary at his new job. His future pay at USF has not been released, but if, say, he were to sign a deal worth $2 million per year with USF, UT-Austin would be able to cut half of that — $1 million a year — out of the more than $5 million it owes him each of the next two seasons.