Charlie Strong fired after three seasons at USF

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TAMPA, FLORIDA – NOVEMBER 16: Head coach Charlie Strong of the South Florida Bulls looks on during warmups before a game against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Raymond James Stadium on November 16, 2019 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

TAMPA BAY, Florida (KXAN) — South Florida has fired head football coach Charlie Strong after three seasons with the Bulls.

Strong finished the 2019 season with a 4-8 record to cap off a coaching stint that started with promise, but ended with two fairly bad seasons.

After being fired from Texas in 2016, Strong inherited a good team while also holding solid connections to Florida recruiting. It appeared to be a perfect fit between Strong and the Bulls following his dismissal from the Longhorns.

USF completed a 10-2 season in Strong’s first season with a Birmingham Bowl victory against Texas Tech and started 7-0 in 2018, but the program started showing cracks at the end of 2018. USF lost the last six games of the season which included a bowl game on their home field against Marshall.

“I would like to thank Coach Strong and his staff for their hard work and contributions to our program,” USF Athletic Director Michael Kelly said. “I have tremendous respect for Coach Strong and his dedication to recruiting and developing young men of talent and character and leading them with integrity. He has represented USF with dignity and class and we wish Coach and his family the very best.

The 2019 season didn’t feature many bright spots losing six games by double-digits while going 2-6 in the American Conference. The season ended with a 34-7 loss to UCF on Friday.

Strong replaced Mack Brown at Texas in 2014 going 16-21 in three seasons with the Longhorns.

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