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USF will host former Bucs’ coach Lovie Smith on September 15

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The first season of new USF coach Charlie Strong will feature a familiar face. Former Bucs’ coach Lovie Smith, now in charge of Illinois of the Big 19, vists USF on Friday, Sept. 15, in a prime-time ESPN game. The Bulls announced their schedule Thursday, which starts with an opening game at San Diego State. The Bulls also have defending AAC champion Temple (Sept. 21), 2015 champion Houston on Nov. 4 and Tulsa, which was second in the AAC West…

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USF climbs the national recruiting rankings with strong finish

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The USF Bulls are closing strong on signing day. Maybe, just maybe, that’s because of new coach Charlie Strong. The Bulls, No. 119 in the country a day earlier, surged to No. 77 in the 247sports.com rankings Thursday with more work to do. Perhaps it was surprise signings, like Armwood defensive end Jabreel Stephens, and perhaps the website was skeptical if the Bulls could get all of their commits to sign. Can USF move further up the rankings? With another…

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USF coach Charlie Strong adds Sterlin Gilbert as offensive coordinator

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With his first hire, USF coach Charlie Strong added a hint of Texas to his staff. Strong added offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert, who worked for him in the same capacity with the Longhorns. Gilbert served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under Strong at Texas during the 2016 season and previously held positions as co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Tulsa (2015), Bowling Green (2014) and Eastern Illinois (2012-13). Gilbert’s last four offenses at four different universities have posted a combined average…

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Charlie Strong makes impressive showing at first USF press conference

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Everyone wins at hello. A new coach walks into a room, filled with new energy and ambition, and he knows which notes to hit in his opening press conference. Fans cheer, and no one fumbles, and no one is called for holding. The entire day looks like a bright future. It was that way for new USF coach Charlie Strong Thursday morning, as he was interoduced to fans and the media. He talked about getting better. He talked about a…

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At USF, new coach Charlie Strong will face new challenges

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He needs change. He also needs consistency. He needs to keep his recruits. He needs to find some more. He needs to hang onto his school’s momentum. And he needs to make things better. Yeah, that’s all Charlie Strong has to do. He has to keep the parts of the USF program that are special. And he needs to patch up the things that are not. He needs to bring top talent into the state’s fourth-best program. He needs to…

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USF looks to former Texas boss Charlie Strong as new coach

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The USF Bulls have made a Strong choice as their new head football coach. The Bulls announced Sunday that they had signed former Texas and Louisville head coach Charlie Strong as their new coach, replacing former coach Willie Taggart who went to Oregon. The Bulls signed Strong to a five-year contract. Strong, a former defensive coordinator with the Florida, was a member of two national championship teams with with the Gators. Strong spent 15 years working in Florida, which should…

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Should Hurricanes be interested in Texas coach Charlie Strong?

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Despite public denials, speculation continues to link Texas coach Charlie Strong to the University of Miami. Should the Hurricanes be interested? In less than two years at Texas, Strong is only 9-11. He also is the third-highest-paid in America with the Longhorns, making more than twice as much as former Hurricanes’ coach Al Golden. Both of those would lessen his appeal. The Miami Herald is the latest publication to say that Strong is interested. The newspaper also said that Cincinnati…

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