USF fires football head coach Charlie Strong after three seasons

UCF junior running back Otis Anderson (2) returns a punt for good field position as the Knights take on the USF Bulls at Spectrum Stadium on Nov. 29. The Knights went on to defeat the Bulls 34-7.

The USF Bulls' football head coach Charlie Strong has been fired after three seasons, according to a Sunday USF Athletics press release

The decision to part ways with the former Texas Longhorn hire comes after being designated bowl game ineligible for the first time in five seasons, and losing the War on I-4 to the UCF Knights for a third straight season.

Strong ends his career in Tampa with a 21-16 record that includes two bowl games, a win against Texas Tech in 2017 and a loss to Marshall in 2018. Under Strong, the Bulls have won only three games versus opponents who finished their seasons with an above .500 record. The Bulls also rank last in the American Athletic Conference in total yards per game this season, with 331. 

USF (4-8, 2-6 AAC) also lost 14 of its last 18 games under Strong. 

Michael Kelly, USF vice president of athletics, thanked Strong for his commitment toward the program and assured a national search for the next USF head coach would be underway, according to the release. 

“We are committed to excellence across all aspects of the university, including USF Athletics," Kelly said in the release. "I am confident that our search will result in a new head coach who will lead our student-athletes to great achievements on and off the field.”

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