Texas Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong has continually denied interest in the Miami Hurricanes’ head coaching job, but one source claims otherwise.
Per Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman, Strong is indeed interested in the open position at The U.
Feldman offered more on a Miami radio show, and his take was reported on SliceMiami.com.
“I keep hearing that too,” Feldman said of Strong having interest in Miami. “I’ve heard that from multiple sources now, one of them who is pretty close to Charlie Strong, saying he would have interest and that came a day before Charlie Strong got asked about it at Texas and he said “I have the best job in college football right now.” That may be true, he may have, as the Texas head coach — paid a lot of money, big resources… That doesn’t mean it’s the best job or the best situation for Charlie Strong and his family. Could UM pay as much as he’s making now? I think that’s a real stretch to think that… Can they pay him as much as he’s making or in the ballpark of it?
“The other question now I think that comes up is Charlie Strong may be 4-8 this year after a pretty bad season last year. Is Miami convinced he’s gonna be the guy?”
Feldman’s points are valid. Texas is 4-6 on the year and in the midst of another lost season, but that isn’t entirely Strong’s fault. This is only his second year in Austin and he had to deal with everything from predecessor Mack Brown’s players not panning out and having off-field issues to dealing with former AD Steve Patterson, who ran the university like a professional franchise and got on the bad side of everyone from alumni to university higher-ups.
Strong also has the support of his players and is a strong recruiter, plus Texas is still in much better shape than Miami despite also being a mess.
But it cannot be ignored that Strong does indeed have ties to the Sunshine State. He served three separate stints as an assistant for the Florida Gators, including as Urban Meyer’s defensive coordinator at one point and though he may not be a “Miami guy” by traditional standards, he is still a viable candidate to jumpstart the program.
But the fact remains that until Strong admits that he is interested in the job or flat out is offered the position and accepts it, we can only assume that he’ll want to remain in Austin and right the Longhorns’ ship.
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