Strong squashes University of Miami rumors

AUSTIN (KXAN) — As quick as the rumors began, Texas head coach Charlie Strong cast aside any notion he was searching for a change of scenery or the University of Miami coaching job.

Former Hurricanes coach Al Golden was fired Sunday after Miami was shutout at home against Clemson. An ESPN report by Brett McMurphy said Strong would listen if Miami came calling. The second-year Texas coach laughed off the report.

“I have the best job in the country. Where did that start from? Each and every week, I’m the topic of conversation. Either they’re (ESPN) ripping me or I lost my team or something else,” Strong said laughing.

“I’ve got to get things done here,” Strong later added when asked again.

Strong has numerous ties to South Florida, recruiting the area for the Longhorns and as a former defensive coordinator at Florida. Strong’s wife is from Lakeland which is three hours away from Miami.

Last season, Golden made $2.5 million at Miami. Strong’s total salary at Texas was $5.1 million in 2014.

With Saturday’s win against Kansas State, Strong is 9-11 at Texas. The Longhorns are on a two game winning streak after losing four of their first five to start the 2015 season.

At 5 and 6 p.m., Roger Wallace has more from Strong on Saturday’s win against Kansas State along with the rumors. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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