Breaking News – Charlie Strong Edition

Andy Lyons

While it hasn’t been confirmed, reports out of Texas and the Louisville Courier Journal are claiming that Charlie Strong will be the new head coach at the University of Texas.

According to various media outlets, there are conflicting reports as to his acceptance of the offer. Read about that at the Courier Journal.

Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich told ESPN that Strong had not accepted the offer. WDRB reported that Strong was meeting with Jurich and U of L president James Ramsey late Friday night

Other reports are saying that Art Briles announced he was staying at Baylor, after saying he would be interested in an interview. Also, Jim Mora at UCLA announced he is sticking with UCLA  after reports that he and UT were in negotiations, Read about it at Bruin Report Online.

As of 9:22 last night, the job was still open as here was the situation, according to SBNation's Burntorangenation.com. Here's one quote from the article explaining that Charlie Strong and James Franklin were the top two candidates:

With Mora and Briles now out of the picture, Alabama's Nick Saban seemingly out of the picture after finally signing his contract extension, and Florida State's Jimbo Fisher having just signed his own extension that had been in the works for some time, Texas could have to circle back to Vanderbilt's James Franklin and Louisville's Charlie Strong, the two candidates that athletics director Steve Patterson has already interviewed, but have appeared to be down further on his list.

At 10:38 pm last night, Burnt Orange Nation had this to say:

The coaching search may have come to an end. Multiple sources are reporting Texas has hired Louisville head coach Charlie Strong to succeed Mack Brown. Bobby Burton, Horns 247, was the first to report the hire.

Card Chronicle's Mark Ennis reported at 11:25 pm that Strong will be leaving UL.  Judging from the comments section (1,015 comments), UL fans are not happy campers. And, this very early morning, Mike Rutherford is reporting that Strong will be having a staff meeting at 9:00 am.

Later today, I assume Charlie Strong will announce he will either be going to Texas or he's staying at Louisville if Jurich can persuade him to stay with the Cards.

Any fan, at any school, should know that they may eventually lose their coach to another school for whatever reason(s). I wouldn't go and gloat about UL losing their head football coach because the same thing can happen at UK just as soon as Stoops & Company become successful. Nothing is written in stone.

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