Charlie Strong wasn't out of work for long. After being fired by the Texas Longhorns just a few days ago, Strong is reportedly going to be named the next coach of the South Florida Bulls, whose own coach Willie Taggart jumped ship to go coach the Oregon Ducks. Strong didn't fare as well as he hoped at Texas, but USF should hold a different result.

Texas challenges

In Strong's three seasons as Texas, the Longhorns went 16-21, making just one bowl appearance and going just 5-7 this season, despite an upset over Notre Dame at the beginning of the year that seemed monumental at the time. Strong's teams were struggling on the field, but the players seemed to be buying in strongly to his way of doing things and had the full support of the locker room.

But the Texas job has some unique challenges, something new coach Tom Herman will learn quickly. Strong may have quickly earned the support of the locker room, but he never really seemed to have the support of the boosters who pull the strings at that school. He was replacing a legendary coach in Mack Brown, who struggled down the stretch of his career. It's also worth noting that he was the first black coach in the history of the school.

USF benefits

The biggest benefit Strong will have as the coach of the USF Bulls is the shield of obscurity. Questions about Strong's job security and strategies surrounded him every day since he took the Texas job. At USF, the same problems won't follow him. The school is coming off a strong season, but they play in the American Athletic Conference; a non-Power 5 school will bring less day-to-day scrutiny for Strong.

Strong also has experience in the region. He coached various positions for the Florida Gators underneath legendary coaches Urban Meyer and Steve Spurrier. Strong's greatest success -- the one that got him hired at Texas -- was at Louisville, but his Louisville glory is directly tied to quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who he recruited out of the South Florida area.

Strong will likely receive a five-year contract at USF, so he'll have time to implement his system and restore his personal pride.

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