Final score update> UCF beat Charlie Strong's Bulls 34-7.
At halftime tonight, Charlie Strong's squad is losing 24-0 at UCF. If the score holds, Strong's South Florida Bulls will close the year 4-8.
Sources tell FootballScoop to expect a decision on Strong's future with the Bulls over the weekend. The whisper in the profession is that director of athletics Michael Kelly had been pulling for Strong's team to create some wins down the stretch to avoid having to make a change, but those wins have not come. Will Kelly stick with Strong, or will he pull the plug and bring in fresh life for the program?
The UCF finale represented a stark contrast to where USF stood entering the War on I-4 in Strong's first season of 2017. That year, the Bulls strode into Orlando with a 10-1 record, a No. 22 AP ranking and a shot at the American championship and a Peach Bowl berth. USF lost that game, a 49-42 classic, but closed the season with a Birmingham Bowl win over Texas Tech and opened the 2018 campaign with seven consecutive victories, again joining the AP Top 25.
That 7-0 start quickly collapsed, though, as South Florida lost its last six games of 2018 and dropped its first three games against FBS competition in 2019.
After going 15-2 vs. FBS opponents through his first season and a half, Strong went just 3-14 thereafter. 10 wins, 7 wins, 4 wins is not a good trend.
Strong, 59, was previously the head coach at Louisville and Texas, and prior to that won two national championships as a senior member on Urban Meyer's staff at Florida.
Due to a unique contract situation at South Florida, Strong's buyout is a source of intrigue. The coach essentially has two contracts, one with the USF athletics department and another with the Bulls' private booster club, and the bulk of his buyout money is with the USF Foundation.
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