Report: Strong tells Louisville staff no decision on Texas offer

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

Charlie Strong is expected to be named Texas' next head coach.  (USATSI)
Charlie Strong is expected to be named Texas' next head coach. (USATSI)

UPDATE: According to ESPN's Brett McMurphy, Charlie Strong met with the Louisville coaching staff for "about 15 minutes" on Saturday morning and informed them that no decision has been made regarding the Texas job.


Texas ' search to replace Mack Brown is expected to end with Louisville coach Charlie Strong accepting the Longhorns' offer, according to the Associated Press. CBSSports.com's Jeremy Fowler reports that Strong is expected to meet with his staff as early as Saturday and is likely to discuss the Texas job.

"A person familiar with the search tells The Associated Press that Texas has offered its head coaching job to Louisville's Charlie Strong and he is expected to accept.

"The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the process was being kept confidential and had not been completed. Texas has been looking to replace Mack Brown, who stepped down in December after 16 seasons with the Longhorns. "

The AP's report came just after several similar reports indicating that Strong was close to accepting an offer from Texas. 247Sports, Rivals (OrangeBloods.com), Sports Illustrated all indicated that Texas and Louisville's coach had agreed to terms -- with SI's Pete Thamel reporting a five-year deal worth about $5-million per season, while ESPN's Brett McMurphy said that Strong wanted to speak with Louisville's administration. According to McMurphy, Strong is still expected to take the Texas job.

While the status of the negotiations are murky, the leaks -- most likely coming from Texas-based sources -- suggest that the Longhorns have identified their man.

Strong was one of several coaches mentioned on Texas' short list, along with Baylor's Art Briles and UCLA's Jim Mora. After both Briles and Mora publicly removed their names from consideration for the job on Friday, the growing sense was that Texas either found their man or was waiting for a coach in the BCS title game -- Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher or Auburn coach Gus Malzahn.

Strong led Louisville to four straight bowl games and two conference titles since taking the job -- his first as as head coach -- before the 2010 season. The Cardinals have gone 23-3 in the last two seasons, following up last year's Sugar Bowl win with a dominant victory against Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl to finish 2013 with a 12-1 record.

 
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