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College Football: Strong leaves Louisville to become new coach at Texas

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Charlie Strong was officially named head coach of Texas, the school announced Sunday.

Strong leaves Louisville to replace Mack Brown, who retired after 16 seasons.

UCLA coach Jim Mora and Baylor’s Art Briles were originally among consideration, but both withdrew their names from further discussion on Friday when it became apparent Strong was likely going to be offered the Longhorns’ post.

“Our committee and former lettermen helped create an extensive selection criteria and after visiting with Charlie, it was clear he met them all,” athletic director Steve Patterson said in a statement. “He led championship defenses as an assistant, a resurgence at the University of Louisville with double-digit game winning seasons, and twice been selected conference coach of the year.”

Strong compiled a 37-15 record in four seasons as head coach of the Cardinals, including an outstanding 23-3 mark the last two seasons. His teams also won two conference titles and three of four bowl game appearances, including a win over Florida in the 2012 Sugar Bowl and a relatively easy 36-9 win over Miami last week in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich said in a press conference that Strong exceeded all expectations in his four years as the Cardinals’ coach.

Texas has to pay Louisville a $4.375 million buyout for hiring Strong.