Strong named new South Florida coach

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS -

Three weeks af­ter be­ing fired by Texas, Char­lie Strong was hired Sun­day to be the coach at South Florida, re­turn­ing to a re­gion where he has deep roots and a con­fer­ence where he has won cham­pi­onships.

Strong was fired by Texas on Nov. 26, the day af­ter coach­ing his fi­nal game with the Longhorns. At No. 25 USF, he re­places Wil­lie Tag­gart, who left the Tampa school to be­come coach at Ore­gon just a few days ago.

The Bulls went 10-2 this sea­son and fin­ished sec­ond in the Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence East divi­sion to league cham­pion Tem­ple.

Strong was 16-21 with no win­ning sea­sons in three years at Texas af­ter re­plac­ing Mack Brown. Be­fore go­ing to Texas, Strong was 37-15 in four years at Louisville (2010-13), in­clud­ing 23-3 in the fi­nal two sea­sons. The Cardinals were in the Big East/Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence when Strong was coach.

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