Charlie Strong Takes The Reigns At Texas

5:10 PM, Jan 6, 2014   |    comments
  • Texas president Bill Powers (left) and head football coach Charlie Strong (center) and athletics director Steve Patterson (right) speak at Monday's press conference (Brendan Maloney, USA TODAY Sports)
  • Charlie Strong's last game with Louisville was at the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando (Rob Foldy, USA TODAY Sports)
    
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - New Texas football coach Charlie Strong says the Longhorns will field a mentally and physically tough team as he tries to push the program back among the national elite.

Texas introduced its new coach at a 45-minute news conference Monday. Strong breezed through with jokes and smiles before ending it with a "Hook'em Horns" hand signal.

Strong also acknowledged the historical significance of being the school's first African-American head coach of a men's sport.

Strong spent the last four seasons at Louisville and went 23-3 the last two years. He takes over for Mack Brown, who stepped down last month after 16 seasons.

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