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Sources: Texas confident Charlie Strong will accept head coaching offer

Pat Forde
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Charlie Strong just completed his fourth season as Louisville head coach. (AP)

As Saturday progressed, Texas grew more confident that Charlie Strong would accept an offer to be its next football coach.

"We are awaiting final word," a source told Yahoo Sports.

If that word is received, an announcement is expected Sunday.

Louisville coach Strong has delayed formally accepting the job until he could meet with his boss, Cardinals athletic director Tom Jurich, who was traveling back to Louisville after cutting short a vacation in Colorado. Jurich's travel was delayed by a winter storm, but as of 9:15 p.m. ET, Jurich had returned to Louisville and was to meet with Strong shortly thereafter.

Strong was offered the job Friday, sources told Yahoo Sports. Sports Illustrated reported that the offer was five years and $25 million. Refuting numerous reports that he had accepted the job, Strong met with his staff Saturday morning and told the assistant coaches he had made no decision.

Louisville sources said they believe Strong was genuinely undecided at that point, but others outside that program said the delay was based only on Strong's respect for Jurich and desire to tell him face-to-face that he was leaving.

Last year Strong appeared to have accepted the Tennessee job, only to back out at the 11th hour and stay at Louisville with a pay raise that put his 2013 salary at more than $4 million. This was his fourth season as head coach of the Cardinals, with a 37-15 overall record – 23-3 over the past two years.

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