Charlie Strong is new South Florida coach

Charlie Strong via The Associated Press
Charlie Strong via The Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Former Texas coach Charlie Strong has been hired by South Florida, returning to a conference and a region where he has deep roots and a history of success.

Strong was fired the day after coaching his final game with the Longhorns last month, and it took him three weeks to land another job. At No. 25 USF, he will replace Willie Taggart, who left to become coach at Oregon just a few days ago.

The Bulls went 10-2 this season and finished second in the American Athletic Conference East division to league champion Temple.

Strong is coming off a second straight 5-7 season at Texas. He was 16-21 in three seasons with the Longhorns after replacing Mack Brown. Before going to Texas, Strong was 37-15 in four seasons (2010-13) at Louisville.

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