As farfetched as it seems to those of us outside Coral Gables, Texas head coach Charlie Strong keeps getting connected to the Miami job. In his "Wednesday Buzz" column at the Miami Herald, Barry Jackson writes that people at The U believe that Strong has interest in the 'Canes head coaching opening.
Though public denials would be expected, UM people are under the impression that Texas’ Charlie Strong and Cincinnati’s Tommy Tuberville have interest in the UM job.
Strong is considered an appealing candidate if he and Texas part ways, but that likely wouldn’t happen until after the Longhorn’s regular-season finale Dec. 5.
Strong has had a tenuous two seasons at Texas, but it seems hard to imagine that the Longhorns are ready to let him go, and leaving one of the top jobs in college football with a reported $5.1 million salary would be a hard sell. Jackson is not alone in believing that Strong is in play, however. Famous Miami booster Luther Campbell "knows for a fact" that he would leave Austin for Miami. For whatever its worth, Strong has already laughed off rumors of his leaving UT for UM. We find it hard to believe that Strong would make this move, but it would certainly be a coup if Miami can pull it off.