CFB Rumors: Charlie Strong heading to Cincinnati Bearcats?
It seems that former Texas Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong could be finding a new home in College Football.
According to the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Tom Groeschen, it seems that the University of Cincinnati is looking at three possible candidates to replace former head coach Tommy Tuberville after he resigned from the position on Sunday. He resigned due to the fact that the Bearcats having lost the three bowl games they were in during his tenure. The final nail in the coffin for Tuberville was that the Bearcats ended up going 4-8 this season and failing to make a bowl game.[embedit snippet=”Jon ads”]
Now as far as who the three possible names are of coaches being looked at as replacements are Jeff Brohm, PJ Fleck, and the previously mentioned Charlie Strong. Brohm is the current head coach at Western Kentucky and P.J. Fleck is the current head coach at Western Michigan. While Brohm and Fleck have the abilities to be a head coach, unfortunately, they don’t draw in the name power like Strong does. My hunch is that the job will go to Strong and he could use this to show that what happened in Texas was a fluke.
However, there happens to be a major catch. As mention in the article written by Goreschen, Strong is still owed a lot of money from Texas. He will get his remaining money over the next two years if he isn’t hired by another team. Basically, Charlie Strong worked it out in his contract with Texas that should he land another job, the money that was paid by Texas would be offset as much as 50% by the new school. The best way to explain that is like this, if Charlie Strong does get hired by the Bearcats and his salary is $1 million annually, then Texas would get approximately $500,000 taken off of what they owe him. So Texas is obviously pushing for Strong to get hired by the Bearcats, so then they don’t have to pay him all of the $10 million.
It will be interesting to see how this whole thing unfolds over the next few days. This is just a rumor and should be taken with a grain of salt.