Strong’s time with USF ends weak

After 3 seasons, USF Head Football Coach Charlie Strong was fired

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Strong coaching the Bulls, credit Bay News 9.

Anna Woodward, Online Managing Editor

On Sunday, the University of South Florida announced that they had fired Head Football Coach Charlie Strong after three seasons. According to the Tampa Bay Times, Strong had lost “14 0f its (USF’S) past 18 games” and wasn’t seeming to lead the team to a victory anytime soon.

WUSF News states that Strong was announced by USF as Head Coach in Dec. 2016 and signed a 5-year, 9.8 million contract. He started in the 2017 season and was set to earn a salary of 2.7 million by 2021.

In the past, Strong had coached for the Texas Longhorns shortly before his signing with USF. Before that he was the Head Coach for the Louisville Cardinals. From the start of his career to 2004, he had been on the coaching staff for teams like the Florida Gators before acting as Head Coach for Texas and Louisville.

Under Strong’s leadership, the Bulls had a series of hard losses this season, including UCF 7-34, Wisconsin 0-49 and Navy 3-35 (https://gousfbulls.com/sports/football/schedule/2019). USF’s loss against UCF on Nov. 29 seemed to be the breaking point, as Strong leaving the team was announced just a few days later.

While it’s unclear who will replace Strong, fans have a few guesses, such as former FSU coach Willie Taggart, who was fired in November. As for now, as college football wraps up, USF will have to wait till 2020 to redeem themselves.