The Texas Longhorns appear to have found their man to replace Mack Brown. Louisville head coach Charlie Strong is taking on one of the most scrutinized jobs in all of college football.
Cal has a history with Strong. Remember when we hired Jeff Tedford? Strong was one of the other potential candidates (back when he was a defensive coordinator at South Carolina). Tedford turned out pretty well, but it's a fun thought experiment to think about what might have happened with Strong at the helm at Cal.
Strong has done really well at Louisville, leading the Cardinals to 11 and 12 win seasons in 2012 and 2013, capped off by a Sugar Bowl victory over Florida last year. Strong has had the benefit of Teddy Bridgewater on offense, who is likely to be the number one draft pick this season. Strong also recruits Florida really well, although it's unclear if that's a good match for Texas, a school that generally gets all of their players from in-state.
Strong's calling card is defense: Louisville had the number one total defense in college football this season, had top 25 units in his previous three seasons, and his Gators defenses generally ranked in the top ten, particularly on the team's national championship runs.
Cal plays Texas in Austin on September 19, 2015 and in Berkeley on September 17th, 2016. These could be fun matchups IF Tony Franklin's offense finally gets full running by Year 3 AND our defense looks a little bit more competent than something you'd find on the set of Little Giants.
What do you think of the Strong hire? Think we can best him in battle?