The Texas Longhorns introduced Charlie Strong as the head football coach on Monday.
Strong, 53, replaces longtime coach Mack Brown.
“I’m excited and my family is excited to have the chance to lead one of the premier football programs in the country,” Strong said, via TexasSPorts.com. “Texas is one of those places that is always on your radar and a program anyone would dream of being a part of because you have a chance to compete on a national level every year. It’s special because it has such great history, pride, tradition and passion for football.”
Strong will be the first black head coach of any men’s sport in school history. He spent the past four seasons as Louisville head coach, leading the Cardinals to a 37-15 record, a pair of Big East Conference Championships (2011, 2012) and was named Big East Coach of the Year in both 2010 and 2012.
“To follow a future Hall of Fame coach like Mack Brown, who built a program that had great success and a reputation of doing it with class and integrity, is extra special,” Strong said. “The National Championship, BCS Bowl wins and all he accomplished in 16 years built on the Longhorn legacy and makes it such an exciting place to be.
“Coach Brown developed such a strong bond with his players, the lettermen, community and high school coaches in this state, and that’s something I hope to build on. He made everyone feel at home. I had the opportunity to speak at the High School Coaches Clinic in Austin a few years ago and Coach Brown introduced Coach (Darrell) Royal, and everyone gave him a standing ovation. Meeting Coach Royal and being around him that day is something I’ll never forget.”
Strong inherits a Texas program that went 8-5 (7-2 Big 12) in Brown’s 16th and final season and lost to Oregon 30-7 in the Valero Alamo Bowl.
Brown resigned on Dec. 14 with a career record of 158-48.
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