Will Charlie Strong win big at Texas? 

January, 5, 2014
Jan 5
2:50
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After big-name candidates such as Nick Saban, Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh were mentioned in connection with the Texas Longhorns' head-coaching position, Texas made a surprising move when it hired Louisville’s Charlie Strong to be its next head coach.

It was perplexing, coaches told me (and I agree), because Strong is an odd fit for a program that has a lot of moving parts beyond X’s and O’s. They see the 53-year-old as a football coach and not much beyond that, as far as internal politics and media go.

“To me, the head coach at Texas is so much more than just coaching football, especially in that state,” one coach said. “That’s not him.”