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What they're saying about Charlie Strong and USF

Former Texas coach Charlie Strong was hired Sunday by USF.

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Former Texas coach Charlie Strong was hired Sunday by USF.



What they're saying about Charlie Strong's hiring at USF:

"Charlie Strong to South Florida is the No. 1 coaching hire this cycle." -- Adam Silverstein, CBS Sports

"My thoughts are that we are about to become a better program starting from where Coach (Willie) Taggart left off." -- Sarasota Booker DT (and USF commitment) Kelvin Pinkney Jr.

"From seeing him on TV and stuff, hearing that he's a great coach, I'm ready to meet him, get to know how he feels about things, how things will go. But I'll get some more information from guys that I played against or who played with him that he coached, and just see what type of person he (is)." -- Bulls QB Quinton Flowers

"I think that's the best coach to hire. He is a defensive mastermind. I'm excited to get to know him." -- Orange Park Oakleaf CB (and USF commitment) Nick Roberts

"We welcome him to Tampa with open arms. He's a defensive mind, so I think he's really gonna help my game and help me evolve as a player. We're excited for him, we welcome his family. We're happy he wants to be here and wants to be a part of this." -- Bulls MLB Auggie Sanchez

"I don’t think it has to be said, but, great hire by USF. Makes total sense." -- Dennis Dodd, CBS Sports

"Coach Strong would always come in the weightroom and work out with the team. It was kind of like he was one of the players; he'd always crack jokes on players. Like if a guy had missed a tackle or missed a play, he'd give 'em hell for it. ... He always said, 'Competitive excellence. Get better, get better, are you getting better today?'" -- Former Florida DB Bryan Thomas, defensive coordinator at Zephyrhills High

"Charlie Strong at USF is gonna be a problem!! Pay close attention to the rise of that program!" -- Marcus Spears, SEC Network/ESPN

“He joins our football program at an incredibly exciting time, and we look forward to seeing him build on our ongoing foundation and momentum. The board of trustees and I believe he brings outstanding leadership and experience, and is sure to be a tremendous resource to the entire USF System.” -- Dr. Judy Genshaft, USF president

"I feel like that's a great pickup. Hopefully I will get to talk to him soon and get to know him more and build a relationship." -- Tampa Catholic CB (and USF commitment) Bentlee Sanders

[Last modified: Sunday, December 11, 2016 8:53pm]


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