Charlie Strong set to join Alabama as a defensive analyst

Tanya Simon
February 20, 2020

According to reports from CBS Sports, Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian may once again be leaving Tuscaloosa, this time to become head coach for the Colorado Buffaloes.

Sarkisian's last head coaching job ended in 2015 when he was sacked from USC.

Charlie Strong is the latest coach who will get a chance to resurrect his career with Nick Saban's program at Alabama.

The position for Strong is expected to be an off the field position, more than likely as a defensive analyst.

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The hiring of Strong continues a trend for Saban at Alabama of bringing in former head coaches either in assistant roles or analyst roles. Sarkisian is now the Tide's offensive coordinator. Strong was 21-16 in his three seasons at South Florida, taking his team to two bowl games. He was sacked after the Bulls went 4-8 this past season. Prior to coaching the Bulls, he spent three seasons with Texas and was sacked after going 16-21.

Strong was 37-15 at Louisville, including a 12-1 season in 2013 that helped him land the Texas job.

Along with his head coaching experience, strong also served as a defensive coordinator at Florida (2003-09) where he also coached defensive ends and linebackers.

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