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Reports: Louisville's Strong close to taking Texas job

Louisville Coach Charlie Strong is the subject of job speculation after leading the Cards to an 11-1 record this season.
Louisville Coach Charlie Strong is the subject of job speculation after leading the Cards to an 11-1 record this season. AP

Louisville football coach Charlie Strong is expected to be named the next head coach of the Texas Longhorns, according to 247sports.com's outlet in Texas.

Bobby Burton of Horns247 (pay site) reported late Friday night that Strong, 53, will be the Longhorns' choice to replace Mack Brown.

Chip Brown of OrangeBloods.com, the Texas Longhorns pay site operated by Rivals.com, also cited high-level sources at Texas saying Strong is the Longhorns' choice.

Strong is 37-15 in four years at Louisville, leading them to a Sugar Bowl victory after the 2012 season and a win in the Russell Athletic Bowl this season.

Strong, a first-time head coach at Louisville after several years as a highly regarded assistant at Florida, turned down a lucrative offer from Tennessee after last season to remain with the Cardinals.

Meanwhile, ESPN's Brett McMurphy cited a source saying that Strong has not been formally offered the job at Texas but would accept it if he was. Another source told McMurphy that Strong said he has not accepted the Texas job, but wants to talk to Louisville Athletics Director Tom Jurich and university president Jes Ramsey.

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