Texas Longhorns Football: Charlie Strong and the Latest on the Coaching Search

Jeffrey Kahn@jkahn24Correspondent IIDecember 31, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 02:  Head coach Charlie Strong of the Louisville Cardinals looks on during the Allstate Sugar Bowl against the Florida Gators at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 2, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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One day after the final game of the season and Mack Brown's career, athletic director Steve Patterson is busy on the search for the next football coach of the University of Texas.

Per a report on Orangebloods.com by columnist Chip Brown, Patterson flew to meet with current Louisville head coach Charlie Strong.

One high-level source said Patterson on Tuesday flew to an undisclosed location to interview Louisville coach Charlie Strong, who has received a high recommendation from the search firm Korn/Ferry, which is assisting in the hunt for Mack Brown's replacement.

Strong seems to be a "strong" candidate for the head coaching job at Texas. He has been in coaching since 1983 and has lots of assistant experience. Strong took over Louisville in 2010, winning the 2013 Sugar Bowl and the 2013 Russell Athletic Bowl.

Will Louisville's Charlie Strong be next in line at the University of Texas?
Will Louisville's Charlie Strong be next in line at the University of Texas?Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Strong has three losses in the last two years while coaching star quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to a successful career. The Cardinals also finished the 2013 FBS overall rankings third in points against with 12.2 per game.

Also per Brown's report, the athletic director of Texas has interviewed Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin and has interest in Michigan State's Mark Dantonio. And outside of Patterson's camp, there seem to be "billionaire donors" that are interested in other, bigger names. This is per Brown's report:

A group of billionaire donors appear ready to make their case for Florida State's Jimbo Fisher as the next coach at Texas. Even though Fisher signed a new contract extension at FSU that will take his salary to $4.1 million, the new deal has no buyout, two sources confirmed.

What should be known is that Patterson is now hot on the search for the right fit for the Longhorns football program. While other alumni and donors appear to have specific wants in terms of coaching, Patterson will ultimately make the final decision along with his search committee.

Many names will be thrown out within the next week, but a decision is expected by January 15.