Former USF coach Charlie Strong reportedly has reached a deal to join Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama as a defensive analyst.
Strong didn’t immediately respond to a text message Tuesday, but ESPN’s Chris Low ― citing unnamed sources ― reported Tuesday morning the deal has been set. Several Alabama-based media outlets previously reported the former USF coach visited Tuscaloosa over the weekend.
The Tampa Bay Times reported last month that Strong was contemplating a move back to Gainesville to join Gators coach Dan Mullen’s staff in a similar role.
Analysts, who assist with game plans but are limited in terms of on-field coaching activities, have become prevalent on college support staffs in the last decade.
Strong, who turns 60 in August, was dismissed by USF in December following the conclusion of a 4-8 season. The school owes him roughly $3.1 million as a result of a “supplemental compensation” agreement with the school’s private fundraising arm.
That agreement states that if Strong becomes employed in a “football coaching or management capacity” before Dec. 31, 2021, the total owed to him will be reduced by the amount equal to his new compensation. However, an analyst isn’t considered one of the 10 on-field assistant coaches allowed by the NCAA, and the role wouldn’t appear to be of a “management" capacity.