Nation's most coveted analyst? Charlie Strong visits with Alabama coaching staff
Things may not have gone well for Charlie Strong in recent seasons at Texas and USF but the former SEC defensive coordinator appears to have his choice of landing spots as he attempts to rehab his coaching image.
Strong was dismissed at Texas after failing to finish with a winning record in any of his three seasons in Austin from 2014 to 2016 but quickly landed on his feet at South Florida. Strong had some initial success with the USF program, going 10-2 in his debut season but sputtered to an 11-14 record the following two seasons which resulted in another firing for the coach.
Strong’s best run came at Louisville where he finished with a 37-15 run in four seasons with the program. Before landing the Louisville job, Strong was the defensive coordinator at Florida and was named a finalist for the Broyles Award in 2009, which is given out annually to the nation’s best assistant coach.
Now that he’s out of a job, reports surfaced that his hire on Dan Mullen’s Florida staff was imminent this offseason but it appears those reports weren’t accurate as Aaron Suttles of The Athletic is reporting that Strong was recently in Tuscaloosa meeting with Alabama’s coaching staff.
Considering Nick Saban has a strong track record of rehabbing assistant coaches that were fired by their previous employer and helping them land on their feet and Alabama struggled at times on defense last season, the addition of Strong to the Crimson Tide staff makes a lot of sense.
They say recruiting never stops in the SEC and Strong’s recruitment shows that extends well beyond the recruiting of players.
Charlie Strong in Tuscaloosa today. pic.twitter.com/lvLZ5zEzmq
— Pat Smith (@patsmithradio) February 14, 2020