Former Texas coach Charlie Strong has agreed to become the next coach at South Florida, according to a person with direct knowledge of the decision.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the school was preparing a formal announcement for later Sunday.
Sports Illustrated was first to report Strong and USF had an agreement in place.
Strong was fired the day after coaching his final game with the Longhorns last month, and it took him three weeks to land another job. At No. 25 USF, he will replace Willie Taggart, who left to become coach at Oregon just a few days ago.
The Bulls went 10-2 this season and finished second in the American Athletic Conference East division to league champion Temple.
Strong is coming off a second straight 5-7 season at Texas. He was 16-21 in three seasons with the Longhorns after replacing Mack Brown. Before going to Texas, Strong was 37-15 in four seasons (2010-13) at Louisville. The Cardinals were in the Big East/American Athletic Conference when Strong was coach.
The 56-year-old Strong has deep roots coaching in the state of Florida. He did three stints covering 13 seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Florida under Steve Spurrier, Ron Zook and Urban Meyer, mostly as defensive coordinator. He was also defensive coordinator at South Carolina from 1999-2002.