UT introduces Charlie Strong as new Longhorns coach


by KVUE News and KVUE Sports


Posted on January 6, 2014 at 8:13 AM

Updated Monday, Jan 6 at 11:15 PM

AUSTIN -- It's a big day for football fans as the University of Texas announced its brand new coach.

Former Louisville coach Charlie Strong will take over the Longhorns.

Strong was welcomed to the UT family Monday morning at a press conference with UT Athletic Director Steve Patterson and UT President Bill Powers.

"We look forward to many years of success with Charlie here, hopefully for the long haul," Patterson said at the press conference.

"It really is a wonderful day for the University of Texas, and I could not be more thrilled," stated Powers. He added there is no question Strong is a talented coach and a proven winner, who wins with integrity.

Strong said he looks forward to continuing the history and tradition built by Darrell Royal and Mack Brown. He says the UT football program will be built on accountability and responsibility.

"I want to see [the players] develop on the field as well as off the field," said Strong, who affirmed his commitment to supporting the players. "The program is always going to be about physical and mental toughness."

Strong has gone 23 and 3 his last two years at Louisville, and in the post season has led the Cardinals to a bowl victory in each of those years. He has also coached for Florida, South Carolina and Notre Dame.

Strong arrived in Austin on Sunday with his family. He reportedly took a tour of the campus and even flashed the "Hook 'em Horns" sign for cameras.

Analysts say Strong needs to expect the excitement, support and the warm reception his predecessor Mack Brown received when he arrived in 1998. He also needs to avoid a slow start, something only one UT football coach has succeeded at in the last 60 years.

Strong has said coming to the University of Texas is a dream, and it seems everyone connected to the university is optimistic about his tenure. Others say while they loved Mack Brown, they are excited for the new coach in the new year.

Their new motto is "Texas Strong."

The 2014 schedule starts with two home games, so fans are hoping the odds will be in his favor.