It looks like the Longhorns may have found their guy.

According to a report by Chip Brown of and Bobby Burton at, Strong, the head coach at Louisville, will replace Mack Brown as the Longhorns head man.

Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel reported Strong’s contract is five years worth $5 million per year.

Strong, who reportedly interviewed with Longhorns athletic director Steve Patterson on Tuesday, was one of the final candidates remaining in the not-so-secret coaching search after candidates Jim Mora and Art Briles withdrew their names.

Strong has spent four seasons as the head coach of Louisville and compiled a 37-15 record.

Strong was a hot name in coaching searches last year after the Cardinals finished 11-2 with a win in the Sugar Bowl. His quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater, is strongly considered one of the top picks in the upcoming NFL Draft and his name has been tossed around as the #1 pick by the Texans.

If Texas does end up hiring Strong, it will complete a coaching search that took less than a month to complete. Texas had money and resources at their disposal to hire their best possible coach and Patterson and the rest of his search committee must have determined Strong was that guy.


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