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Local NAACP calls potential Charlie Strong hiring a 'great story'

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Longhorn fans are reacting to the news that UT may have found its next head football coach.

It's reported that UT Athletics has offered Louisville's Charlie Strong the job.  And if Strong decides to take this gig, he'll be the first African American head coach of Longhorn football -- actually the first African American head coach of any major sport at the university.

53-year-old Louisville coach Charlie Strong was considered a front runner from the beginning of all this.
He was a long-time defensive coordinator in the SEC and a pretty good recruiter.
Sports Illustrated is reporting that Strong has signed a 5 year deal worth $5 million a year.
We asked Austin NAACP President Nelson Linder what he thinks about the potential hiring of Strong.

He says it will be a big deal for a university that's historically struggled with racial issues.

"This hiring would transcend sports.  It's a social statement about inclusion, diversity and it's a good thing for the whole country because this university has a lot of power and as I said before it's kind of lagged behind in these kinds of opportunities so it would be a great story if it's in fact true," Linder said.

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