Charlie Strong tells AD he's leaving

Updated: January 5, 2014, 8:49 AM ET
By Brett McMurphy and Joe Schad | ESPN

Charlie Strong informed Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich on Saturday night he was leaving the school to take the Texas job, a source told ESPN on Saturday.

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AP Photo/Timothy D. EasleyCharlie Strong took over a Louisville program coming off three straight non-winning seasons. The Cardinals have gone 37-15 in four years since.

Texas is likely to announce Strong's hiring Sunday, with a news conference to follow Monday, a source said.

During conversations about the job, Strong impressed Texas with his commitment to the total student-athlete, a source said. The Longhorns were also impressed by individuals both inside and outside of football who vouched for Strong, according to the source.

Strong met with Jurich on Saturday night for less than an hour at Strong's Louisville home, a source said.

Louisville defensive line coach Clint Hurtt, who was sanctioned in the NCAA's investigation of the University of Miami, is not expected to follow Strong to Texas.

Strong, 53, is coming off his second straight double-digit victory season. He took over a program that was coming off three straight non-winning seasons and has gone 37-15.

Last season, Louisville beat the Florida Gators in the Sugar Bowl for the program's second BCS victory, and this season finished 12-1 behind star quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

Texas is looking to replace Mack Brown, who stepped down after four straight seasons that failed to live up to expectations, including this season's 8-5 record. New Texas athletic director Steve Patterson, hired in November to replace longtime AD DeLoss Dodds, interviewed Strong this week.

Strong had two stints as an assistant at Florida, first under Steve Spurrier and then as defensive coordinator for Urban Meyer's two national championship teams. In 2010, Louisville hired him to take over the program, and he quickly righted the Cardinals, who are moving to the Atlantic Coast Conference next season.

Strong would be Texas' first black head football coach and would inherit a program aching to return to its place among the nation's elite programs.

Brown's Longhorns won the 2005 season national championship and returned to the national championship game after the 2009 season. But the Longhorns fell to 5-7 in 2010 and have lost at least four games each of the past three seasons.

That drop-off, including an 18-17 mark in the Big 12 in the past four seasons, frustrated Texas fans, who demand much more from the wealthiest athletic program in the country, which sits in the middle of the most fertile high school recruiting grounds in the country.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Brett McMurphy | email

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Joe Schad

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