Charlie Strong is a bright coach, a proven winner and an obvious choice to take over one of the marquee programs in college football. Texas zeroed in on him and lured him away from Louisville, the university that gave Strong a chance to be a head coach when other schools had passed him by.
Strong is 53 years old, old enough to have his coaching career impeded by the reluctance of universities to hire African-Americans. He served as a defensive coordinator in the SEC for 11 seasons, including on two national championship teams at Florida, before he got a job offer from Louisville four years ago. Strong went 37-15 (.712) with the Cardinals, including that epic Allstate Sugar Bowl upset of the Gators a year ago.
On the day before that game, Strong explained why he had weeks earlier turned down Tennessee to stay at Louisville.
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