After bouncing back from a disappointing tenure at Texas, USF first-year head coach Charlie Strong is reportedly interested in coaching a Power-5 school once again.
According to CBS Sports‘ Dennis Dodd, Strong is hoping to be considered for the coaching vacancies at Ole Miss and Florida.
Strong has previous coaching ties to both programs having worked as a graduate assistant (1983-84), defensive ends coach (1991-93), assistant head coach/defensive tackles coach (1994) linebackers coach (2008-09), defensive coordinator (2003-03, 2005-09) and interim head coach (2004) at Florida, as well as a wide receivers coach at Ole Miss in 1990.
Following his third stint with the Gators, Strong took over as Louisville’s head coach in 2010 and led the Cardinals to a 37-15 (20-9 Big East/AAC) record, as well as two consecutive conference championships in 2011-12. He left for Texas in 2014, but struggled with a 16-21 (12-15 Big 12) overall record in three seasons.
However, Strong has looked impressive during his only season at USF, with a 9-1 (6-1 AAC) record through his first 10 games. That may be enough to gain interest from Power-5 teams, especially Ole Miss, who still faces an NCAA investigation, as well as several self-imposed penalties.