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Charlie Strong Not Expected to Return to Miami: Report

Former Texas head coach Charlie Strong is not expected to return as the co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Miami for the 2023 season, according to reports from InsideTheU.

Strong joins quarterbacks coach Frank Ponce, defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, and offensive coordinator Josh Gattis as the four members to leave Mario Cristobal’s staff at Miami after the first year.


Strong formerly spent time as the head coach at Louisville, USF, and most notably Texas. Before taking the job at Miami, Strong was a member of Urban Meyer’s staff for the Jacksonville Jaguars and coached linebackers there for one season.

As the co-defensive coordinator in Coral Gables, Strong was part of a defensive staff that allowed nearly 27 points per game last season, which tied for 67th nationally. The ‘Canes defense also allowed 142.9 rushing yards per game (54th nationally), and 233.6 passing yards per game (80th nationally).

Mario Cristobal recently hired Lance Guidry, former Marshall DC, as his new defensive coordinator to help shore things up on that side of the ball, leaving Strong and a few other defensive staff members to look elsewhere for work.

The former Texas head coach will likely find a spot on a defensive staff somewhere, but only time will tell.

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