As he was being introduced as Texas' next head football coach, Charlie Strong did not give many indications as to who will be joining him on the 40 Acres. He did not say whether he would retain any assistant coaches from the current Longhorns staff or if he would bring any assistants with him from Louisville.
But Strong, born in Arkansas and known for his prowess recruiting players from Florida, made one thing clear -- he wants to surround himself with coaches who know their way around the Lone Star State.
"You have to have Texas ties because we're going to recruit this state," Strong said. "You want a coach that's recruited in this state and knows this state and knows the high school coaches, because, like I said, so much has been built, and high school coaches and a state of great coaches."
Strong's defensive coordinator at Louisville, Vance Bedford, played defensive back for the Longhorns from 1977 to 1981. While Bedford does not have much coaching experience in Texas, the Beaumont native is a leading candidate to follow Strong to Austin and be the next Longhorns defensive coordinator.
Strong said he wants to meet with the current Texas staff either Monday or Tuesday to find out who wants to stay and get a better idea of who he wants to stay.
"I want to make sure that when I get going in that first team meeting that a large majority of my staff is on board," Strong said. "When you have a coaching change, you want to make sure that the players are comfortable. But they have to understand this: You're here because you're here at the University of Texas because you want to be here. There are going to be coaching changes, so even when that happens, you still are representing this university."