South Florida Bulls: Charlie Strong is Finally Gone as Head Coach
We’ll all the rumors are now true. The South Florida Bulls have fired head coach Charlie Strong. This comes after he has been the head coach for three years. Strong has lost 14 of his last 18 games. The Bulls have been just plain awful this year. When the spring started, he said this year’s team would be better. This was coming off a season that started with seven straight wins but ended with six losses. The final loss came at a bowl game that was at home. The Bulls laid an egg and let the Marshall Thundering Herd beat them. Strong made some changes. One was changing the offensive coordinator. He went from Sterling Gilbert to Kerwin Bell. What happened in 2018 is that Bulls scored points but not enough in the last six. The game plans seemed to go sideways, and the Bulls fell.
So, Charlie Strong went out and hired Kerwin Bell. Bell won a national championship at Valdosta State. His style of offense was an up-tempo offense. It was meant to move the ball down the field and score a lot of points. Well, what happened in the first game against the Wisconsin Badgers. The offense put up no points and the Bulls were blown out 49-0. Now many people didn’t think the Bulls had any chance to beat the Badgers. In the next game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, they scored 10 points but lost 14-10. One of the only two games they won at home was over the South Carolina State Bulldogs. They won the game 55-16. This was the first game where the offense clicked. Many thought this team would turn the corner. The next game came crashing down.
The Bulls would host the SMU Mustangs. The score would be 48-21. The game was nowhere near as close as the score was. The next game would be the homecoming game and the second and final win at home. On the last play of the game, the Bulls would deflect a pass and win the game 27-23. After that game, Charlie Strong said the team was making a turning point. Well, he was wrong heading to the Naval academy. The Bulls would get blown out 35-3. Strong said that he was going to go back to the drawing board. The next and final win would come the following week on the road against the East Carolina Pirates. Here once again the offense was great winning 45-20. With four games left all they had to do was win two more. That never happened the next two games were close.
The first was against the Temple Owls. This game was the ESPN 8 PM kickoff. The Bulls played a good enough game to win but, in the end, lost to Owls 17-7. The next game was against the Cincinnati Bearcats. USF led the game until the Bearcats kick the game-winning field goal. The Bulls lost 20-17. It was pretty much the end of the season. The last two games were both blowout losses to the Memphis Tigers and UCF Knights. The scores were 49-10 and 34-7. At this point, Charlie Strong’s seat was an inferno. Just two days after they lost to the rival Knights the administration decided it was time to cut him loose.
In my opinion, it was time. Most of the season the student section was yelling to fire Charlie Strong. I follow USF fans and their official football page that they would stop being fans if Strong was brought back. The Bulls don’t draw well with the fans and can’t afford to lose the ones they have. So, this was the right decision for the program. I wish the best of luck to Charlie Strong.
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