Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Texas coach Charlie Strong knows Notre Dame well, having spent four seasons as the program's defensive line coach from 1995-1998. He hasn't been back to South Bend since leaving to take a job as South Carolina's defensive coordinator in 1999, so Saturday's Texas-Notre Dame season opener will feel a little different for him.

For one, the game will be played at night.

"When I was there, we never had the opportunity to play under the lights," Strong said. "I had some really great years there, an unbelievable place, great place, a lot of tradition like here at the University of Texas, strong tradition, a lot of passionate fans. And so it’s exciting to go back there. It’s going to be a little different to be across the field since I haven’t been there in so long just standing on the opposing sideline."

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Notre Dame Stadium is currently undergoing renovations that include adding a video board to the venue's south end zone, though during Strong's time in South Bend the stadium was similarly undergoing renovations. In 1997, 21,000 seats were added to Notre Dame Stadium to bring its capacity over 80,000.

Strong was initially brought to Notre Dame by Lou Holtz but remained on staff after Bob Davie took over in 1997. Among the players Strong coached while at Notre Dame was defensive end Renaldo Wynn, who went on to play in the NFL from 1997-2009 after being a first-round pick in 1997.

 

After leaving Notre Dame for South Carolina, Strong was Florida's defensive coordinator from 2003-2009 and coached Louisville from 2010-2013. He went 6-7 in his first year at Texas last fall.