USF Names Charlie Strong New Head Coach

Charlie Strong has been named the new head coach at USF. The Bulls are bringing in the former Texas program-builder to replace Willie Taggart.

USF has rlanded its replacement for Willie Taggart.

Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel, initially reported early Sunday that the Bulls were expected to hire former Texas head coach Charlie Strong to the same position. USF made the news official a short time later.

Strong was dismissed by Texas after going 16-21 in his three seasons in Austin. The Longhorns went to just one bowl game during his tenure, and they finished 5-7 in 2016.

USF had to bring in a new program-builder after Willie Taggart left for the opening at Oregon, which dismissed head coach Mark Heflrich after a disappointing 2016 campaign. Taggart helped the Bulls climb from two wins in his first year as head coach to 10 wins this past season. USF will face South Carolina in the Birmingham Bowl to close out a stellar 2016 campaign.

Before Strong was at Texas, he helped lead Louisville to a 37-15 record, including seasons of 11-2 and 12-1 in his final two years, which also included a Sugar Bowl win over Florida.

Strong will have the opportunity to be very successful with the Bulls because recruiting will not be a problem in the state of Florida. He had strong ties to the local high schools when he worked as Florida’s defensive coordinator from 2003 to 2009, and he built a strong recruiting pipeline in the state when he was with Louisville. Cardinals safety Calvin Pryor and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater were two of his big lands during his tenure at The ‘Ville.

Expect USF to remain an upper-tier AAC program under the 56-year-old Strong.

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