After three-year stints at both Texas and South Florida, Charlie Strong is currently without a job. That could change very soon, according to a report.
FootballScoop is reporting that Strong is nearing a deal to join Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama. Strong was spotted in Tuscaloosa on campus earlier this week, so the news doesn’t come as a surprise.
If Strong were to take a job with the Crimson Tide, he’d find himself in a similar role that other former head coaches have found with the program. Butch Jones, Steve Sarkisian and Lane Kiffin all landed with Alabama after being fired from their previous head coaching roles.
Strong struggled at both Texas and South Florida, but there’s no doubt he’s a brilliant defensive coach. Perhaps Saban sees an opportunity in that regard.
— FootballScoop Staff (@FootballScoop) February 15, 2020
Charlie Strong in Tuscaloosa today. pic.twitter.com/lvLZ5zEzmq
— Pat Smith (@patsmithradio) February 14, 2020
Strong, after a successful four-year run at Louisville, was hired by Texas to replace Mack Brown back in 2014. But in three years, he never finished with a winning record and led the program to just one bowl game.
He was hired by USF after being fired by Texas, and in his first year, the team won 10 games. But he was let go after this past season, which turned out to be a 4-8 campaign.
Nothing is official yet, but this move would make a lot of sense for both sides.