cloudy
Monday August 31st, 2015 1:53PM

Strong's future up in the air -- though Longhorns beckon

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Charlie Strong remains Louisville's football coach for the moment, telling assistants Saturday morning he hasn't decided to accept Texas' offer to become its coach.

Cardinals football spokesman Rocco Gasparro said Saturday that Strong told his staff that "no decision had been made" on whether to leave the school after four years. The coach has not met with athletic director Tom Jurich and university President James Ramsey as expected because the AD's return from his Colorado vacation was delayed by weather.

A person familiar with Texas' search told The Associated Press on Friday night that Strong was expected to accept the school's offer to replace Mack Brown, who stepped down last month. Contract details were not immediately available, but Brown was paid more than $5 million per season.

Gasparro said there was no timetable on a decision by Strong, who is 37-15 with the Cardinals, including 3-1 in bowl games.

"It's a difficult decision for him," Gasparro said.

Strong, 53, met this week with new Texas athletic director Steve Patterson about the coaching vacancy, for which several prominent names have been mentioned as candidates. Among them were Florida State's Jimbo Fisher - who agreed to a contract extension this week while preparing the top-ranked Seminoles for Monday's BCS national championship showdown with No. 2 Auburn - UCLA's Jim Mora and Baylor's Art Briles, both of whom said publicly they were staying in their current jobs.

Strong turned down Tennessee's offer to become its coach in December 2012. He had two stints as an assistant at Florida, first under Steve Spurrier and then as defensive coordinator for Urban Meyer's two national championship teams. In 2010, Louisville hired him to take over the program and he quickly righted the Cardinals, who are moving into the Atlantic Coast Conference next season.

Strong would be Texas' first black head football coach, and he inherits a program aching to return to its place among the nation's elite programs.

Brown's Longhorns won the national championship after the 2005 season and returned to the national championship game after the 2009 season. But the Longhorns fell to 5-7 in 2010 and have lost at least four games each of the last three seasons.
© Copyright 2015 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
2014 Top 10: Looking back at the top sports stories of the year
It was another year for the record books in 2014, mostly for the right reasons -- state championships, new challenges and new stars taking their turn to shine. But there were also plenty of big stories that reminded us that sports -- like life -- isn
11:55PM ( 7 months ago )
NASCAR K&N Pro Series schedules set for 2015
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - NASCAR announced recently the 2015 schedules for its top developmental regional touring series, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.
2:00PM ( 7 months ago )
Lanierland boys final: Johnson makes history with win over Red Elephants <b> (VIDEO) </b>
Ever the aggressor on the court, Johnson
8:55AM ( 8 months ago )
Sports
Jackets, Mississippi St. clash in Orange Bowl
No. 10 Georgia Tech has the nation's second-ranked rushing offense. No. 8 Mississippi State has held seven of its 12 opponents under 125 yards on the ground.
5:04PM ( 8 months ago )
Ole Miss defense braces for TCU offense in Peach Bowl
Mississippi and TCU were part of the playoffs story in 2014. Each team was part of the chase. Each team fell short of the coveted semifinals.
5:01PM ( 8 months ago )
Kiffin shining again after season of redemption
Lane Kiffin was modest in his goals and complimentary about the team he'll be facing in the Sugar Bowl. He went on and on about how much he's learned from Nick Saban, while insisting it's no big deal when his boss yells at him. Very un-Kiffin-like, you might say.
11:02PM ( 8 months ago )
College Sports
5 things: What we learned from Week 1 of high school football
Here’s a look at five things we learned from week 1 of the high school football season...
5:17PM ( 3 hours from now )
Carter's cancer rekindles memories of 1980 Olympic boycott
Thirty-five years after his hopes for a gold medal were dashed by Jimmy Carter's boycott of the Moscow Olympics, Craig Beardsley is at peace.
10:53PM ( 15 hours ago )
Braves' woes continue in 'demoralizing' 20-6 loss to Yankees
A Braves team that was at .500 through 84 games has since been in a downward slide that gained speed with three straight losses to the Yankees.
10:50PM ( 15 hours ago )
Turner Field US flag at half-staff, players' families deal with grief after fan dies in fall
ATLANTA (AP) — The U.S. flag flew at half-staff at Turner Field on Sunday, one day after a fan died following his fall from the upper deck into the lower-level stands during a game between the Atlanta...
7:26PM ( 18 hours ago )
Jones cruises to Truck win in Canada, takes points lead
Two weeks ago in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Alex Tagliani got turned out of the lead by Regan Smith and lost his shot at a win.
By Stephanie Wallcraft-NASCAR Wire Service
6:17PM ( 19 hours ago )