With South Florida Bulls head coach Willie Taggart taking over the Oregon Ducks job, there’s now an intriguing opening for former Texas Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong in the Sunshine State.
Strong spent 15 years during four different stints at Florida, including winning two national championships as the defensive coordinator for Urban Meyer with the Gators. He also recruited the state heavily during his successful time at Louisville.
In other words, a return to the state would make tremendous sense for Strong, who is already considered one of the top potential candidates for the job.
And though it’s a Group of Five position, the program is currently in good shape — Taggart led USF to the school’s first 10-win season in school history.
However, Strong would likely have to take a significant pay cut, as Taggart only made $1.7 million in 2016.
Still, it seems like the perfect opportunity for Strong to rebuild his reputation as a head coach, for USF and for Strong.