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Hitting the Links: Texas Pulls Strong Away from Louisville

Texas takes Louisville's coach and Louisville reaches back into the past to bring back a controversial coach.

Erich Schlegel


The country's biggest job opening was filled over the weekend as Texas signed Charlie Strong to a 5-year deal worth roughly $5 million per season.

Good hire?

Yeah, I think so. I think Strong brings a nice combination of defensive toughness (sorely needed in Austin) and competent program leadership to the table. He has a very underrated pedigree in my mind and flourished in his first head coaching position at Louisville.

He's far from a sure thing, though. The final years of the Big East were awfully weak and this past year in the AAC was Mountain West-ish in its toughness. You also have to wonder what his offense is going to look like without someone like Teddy Bridgewater leading the way which I know is worrying Texas fans.

Strong sure did cap the past two seasons awfully well with demolitions of Florida and Miami and he's recruited lights out (for Louisville standards) in the Sunshine State too. There's already talk of Strong 'closing the borders of Texas in recruiting but I think he should continue dipping into Florida where he's laid down some serious roots over the past 20 years. The Horns would be best served to not rely on so much Texas talent and instead cherry-pick some national recruits. Shake things up a little bit. Change the recruiting philosophy that got so stale under Mack Brown.

Would I bet Strong wins a national title at Texas? No, probably not, but I'd feel that way about dozens of good coaches who took the job in Austin or elsewhere. I bet he has a nice 5-to-7-year run and gets into the playoffs maybe once or twice.

Maybe that's a low bar for Texas but it's an increase over where they've been for the past 4 seasons.

National Links

Some people aren't happy with the hire of Strong at Texas.

Here's a nice big Story Stream on the 2014 BCS National Championship packed with lots of content.

Spencer Hall has a nice story on going to the title game at the Rose Bowl.

Surprise, surprise, some Louisville players are upset that Charlie Strong left the program. Meanwhile, Card Chronicle wonders who the next Cardinal football coach will be. Multiple reports say it will be Bobby Petrino. Again. No, really!

Former Biletnikoff winner and USC wideout Marqise Lee has declared early for the NFL.

You can keep yourself up to date with BSD's Story Stream on Penn State's coaching search.

Under Armour signs a 10-year extension with the University of Maryland with a small bump in the deal to $3.4 million annually.

That jolly fellow Mark Mangino is now the offensive coordinator at Iowa State.

UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley is returning to the Bruins next year.

The large-dress-shirted one Al Golden says he's staying at Miami.

Bill Hancock said seeding will take priority over preventing rematches in the playoffs starting next year.

You'd be surprised how many college athletes struggle to read and write at a middle school level.

Johnny Football is taking his talents to the NFL.

Ohio State defensive end Noah Spence was suspended 3 games for taking...ecstasy?

ESPN has Notre Dame at No. 23 in the country for their Way-Too-Early 2014 Top 25 poll.

Michigan will finish its series with Notre Dame next year breaking in a new offensive coordinator as Al Borges got fired. And that new coordinator will be Doug Nussmeier who was hired away from Alabama with a boatload of money.

Irish Links

2014 QB recruit DeShone Kizer ready for the challenge at Notre Dame.

The Irish defense can evolve and improve even with the loss of Stephon Tuitt.

Key stats that changed Notre Dame's fate in 2013.

Defensive line reconstruction underway with loss of Nix and Tuitt.

Notre Dame's defense is in flux.

Getting excited for the 2014 schedule.

The Top 100 ND players of all-time: No. 46-50.

Barnett sets the bar with early invite to the Elite 11 competition.