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Louisville’s Charlie Strong says he’s taking Longhorns job
Louisville coach Charlie Strong has told Cardinals athletic director Tom Jurich that he is leaving for Texas.
The Associated Press
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville coach Charlie Strong has told Cardinals athletic director Tom Jurich that he is leaving for Texas.
Strong, 37-15 in four seasons at Louisville, including 3-1 in bowl games, will replace Mack Brown.
Strong, 53, met this week with new Texas athletic director Steve Patterson about the coaching vacancy, but Strong wanted to wait until speaking directly with Jurich before accepting Texas’ offer. Jurich was on vacation in Colorado and weather problems made traveling back to Louisville difficult.
Jurich returned Saturday night and met with Strong. Jurich gave Strong his first chance to be a head coach after a long and successful career as a defensive coordinator at Florida and South Carolina.
SI.com reported Strong will receive a five-year contract that will pay him $5 million annually.
Texas officials declined to comment but were expected to make a formal announcement Sunday.
Strong leaves as one of Louisville’s most successful coaches, one who took the program from three consecutive nonwinning seasons to four straight bowl games, including Louisville’s second BCS victory last January with a 33-23 upset of Florida in the Sugar Bowl. The Cardinals added another bowl win last week, beating Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
He would be Texas’ first black head football coach and inherits a program aching to reclaim its place among the nation’s elite.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Patton Robinette threw two 50-yard touchdown passes to Jordan Matthews, and Vanderbilt recovered after blowing a 24-point lead to beat Houston 41-24 in the BBVA Compass Bowl.
Robinette also had an 8-yard scoring run as Vanderbilt built a 24-0 lead in the first half.
After Houston (8-4) pulled even by scoring 24 points in the third quarter, Vanderbilt reclaimed the lead on Brian Kimbrow’s 21-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.
Vanderbilt (9-4) closed the season with five straight wins, adding to third-year coach James Franklin’s status as a possible candidate for coaching vacancies, including at Penn State and with the NFL Browns and Redskins.
FRISCO, Texas — Brock Jensen threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score in his Football Championship Subdivision quarterback record 48th victory, and North Dakota State capped a 15-0 season with a 35-7 victory over Towson to claim its third consecutive FCS title.
The Bison joined Appalachian State (2005-07) as the only FCS teams to win three consecutive championships.
They are the first undefeated champs at that level since Marshall in 1996, the year before the Thundering Herd moved to Division I.
Coach Chris Bohl, who has been hired to take over the program at Wyoming, was 104-32 in 11 seasons at North Dakota State, which has won 24 consecutive games to match the FCS record.
• Miami expects Al Golden to stay with the Hurricanes, athletic director Blake James said in response to speculation the coach may be poised to leave for Penn State. James said he has been in regular communication with Golden in recent days. Golden played at Penn State and has emerged as a top candidate.
• Ohio State All-American linebacker Ryan Shazier has decided to give up his senior season to make himself available for the NFL draft.
|2013-14 bowl games|
|The BCS National Championship is Monday at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.|
|New Mexico||Colorado State 48, Washington State 45|
|Las Vegas||USC 45, Fresno State 20|
|Idaho Potato||San Diego State 49, Buffalo 24|
|New Orleans||Louisiana-Lafayette 24, Tulane 21|
|Beef ‘O’ Brady’s||East Carolina 37, Ohio 20|
|Sheraton Hawaii||Oregon State 38, Boise State 23|
Little Caesars Pizza
|Pittsburgh 30, Bowling Green 27|
|Poinsettia||Utah State 21, Northern Illinois 14|
|Military Bowl||Marshall 31, Maryland 20|
|Syracuse 21, Minnesota 17|
|Washington 31, Brigham Young 16|
New Era Pinstripe
|Notre Dame 29, Rutgers 16|
|Belk||North Carolina 39, Cincinnati 17|
|Louisville 36, Miami 9|
Buffalo Wild Wings
|Kansas State 31, Michigan 14|
|Armed Forces||Navy 24, Middle Tenn. State 6|
|Music City||Mississippi 25, Georgia Tech 17|
|Alamo||Oregon 30, Texas 7|
|Holiday||Texas Tech 37, Arizona State 23|
|Arizona 42, Boston College 19|
|Sun||UCLA 42, Virginia Tech 12|
|Liberty||Mississippi State 44, Rice 7|
|Texas A&M 52, Duke 48|
|Gator||Nebraska 24, Georgia 19|
|Heart of Dallas||North Texas 36, UNLV 14|
|Capital One||South Carolina 34, Wisconsin 24|
|Outback||Louisiana State 21, Iowa 14|
|Rose Bowl||Michigan State 24, Stanford 20|
|Fiesta||Central Florida 52, Baylor 42|
|Sugar||Oklahoma 45, Alabama 31|
|Cotton||Missouri 41, Oklahoma State 31|
|Orange||Clemson 40, Ohio State 35|
|Compass||Vanderbilt 41, Houston 24|
|GoDaddy||Arkansas State vs. Ball State||Jan. 5, Mobile, Ala.||6 p.m., ESPN|
|BCS||Florida State vs. Auburn||Jan. 6, Pasadena, Calif.||5:30 p.m., ESPN|