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Arkansas Native Named New UT Football Coach

Batesville native Charlie Strong has been named the 29th head football coach at The University of Texas, according to a news release from The University of Texas Men's Athletics Director Steve Patterson.
AUSTIN, TX - Batesville native Charlie Strong has been named the 29th head football coach at The University of Texas, according to a news release from The University of Texas Men's Athletics Director Steve Patterson.

Strong spent the past four seasons as Louisville head coach putting together a 37-15 record, pair of Big East Conference Championships (2011, 2012) and Big East Coach of the Year honors in both 2010 and 2012.

Strong was born in Batesville, Arkansas in 1960. He attended the University of Central Arkansas in the early 80s.

In 2009, Strong was inducted into the UCA Sports Hall of Fame. According to UCA newspaper The Echo, he was a three-time All-AIC first team honoree in 1980 and 1981. He led the Bears in interceptions in 1980 with four and again in 1981 with seven. He’s tied for 14th all time in Bears history with 11 interceptions and 32nd in school history with 190 career tackles.

"I'm excited and my family is excited to have the chance to lead one of the premier football programs in the country," Strong said. "Texas is one of those places that is always on your radar and a program anyone would dream of being a part of because you have a chance to compete on a national level every year. It's special because it has such great history, pride, tradition and passion for football."

Last year, Strong was rumored to be a candidate for the University of Arkansas' open coaching position.

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