Rumors of Texas Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong's potential interest in the Miami Hurricanes coaching job just haven't gone away over the last several weeks, but a source told SportsDayDFW.com that Strong is "very happy" at Texas and not interested.
After the termination of head coach Al Golden, local media asked Strong if he would consider taking the open position at Miami and he laughed before adding that he has "the best job in the country."
Still, that didn't stop Miami superfan Luther Campbell from saying that he knows for a fact that Strong does have interest in the job and a Hurricanes site from reporting that the administration has expressed confidence ($) that the Texas head coach would listen to an offer from the school. The latest report came on Wednesday, when the Miami Herald jumped into the fray by suggesting that school officials are "under the impresision" that Strong would be interested in coaching the Hurricanes.
Despite the silly speculation, Strong doesn't actually have any real ties to Miami -- he's never worked for the Hurricanes and though he's spent four different stints in Gainesville with the Gators, he's never been employed by any other schools in the state of Florida, either.
Sure, he has significant ties to the South Florida area because he's always recruited well there, but there's also the fact that Miami is still perceived as cheap, in part because it only paid Golden $2.5 million a year.
As much as Strong and those around him have denied any interest, these rumors are likely to persist until Miami hires a new head coach and that will remain the case no matter how many times Strong says he's not leaving. Part of that is because, on some level, the move would make some sense for Strong, especially if the Horns finish poorly and his job security is in serious jeopardy heading into a crucial 2016 season.
The thing is, Strong doesn't seem like the type of coach to admit failure after two years when he just assembled a freshman class that will likely go down as one of the best, if not the best, in more than 10 years.