After nearly two days of waiting -- and hand-wringing -- in Austin, Texas, and Louisville, Ky., Charlie Strong informed Cardinals athletic director Tom Jurich late Saturday that he is leaving for Texas.
Strong, who was 37-15 with the Cardinals in four seasons, including 3-1 in bowl games, will replace Mack Brown. Texas is expected to officially announce Strong as Brown's replacement Sunday and hold an introductory news conference Monday.
Earlier Saturday, Strong told his Louisville assistants that he hadn't decided if he would become the Longhorns' coach. But it appears that was only because he hadn't been able to meet with Louisville officials.
Strong, 53, met last week with new Texas athletic director Steve Patterson about the coaching vacancy, but he wanted to wait until speaking directly with Jurich and university President James Ramsey before accepting Texas' offer. Jurich was on vacation in Colorado, and weather problems made traveling back to Louisville difficult.
Jurich returned to Louisville on Saturday night and met with Strong, and the school confirmed the departure. Texas fans and officials figured to have some concern because Strong accepted the Tennessee job in December 2012 and then backed out after talking with Jurich, who gave Strong his first chance to be a head coach.
Strong was offered a five-year contract worth approximately $5 million annually, according to the Austin American-Statesman.
Strong's salary at Louisville is about $4 million per year. Brown was paid more than $5 million per season.
According to the American-Statesman, Strong probably won't have time to tell his Louisville players he's leaving himself because of the frantic timeline. The Cardinals were not scheduled to be back on campus until 5 p.m. Sunday for a previously scheduled team meeting. Louisville will start school again Monday.
Miami: The school expects coach Al Golden to stay with the Hurricanes, athletic director Blake James said in response to speculation that Golden might leave for Penn State.
Vanderbilt 41, Houston 24: Patton Robinette threw two 50-yard touchdown passes to Jordan Matthews, and the Commodores recovered after blowing a 24-point lead to beat the Cougars (8-4) in the BBVA Compass Bowl in Birmingham, Ala.
Vanderbilt (9-4) closed the season with five straight wins, adding to coach James Franklin's status as a possible candidate for coaching vacancies, including at Penn State and with the NFL Browns and Redskins. The Commodores played in three straight bowl games under Franklin -- a first for the program.
Ohio State: According to a report by SI.com, which cited a source, the Buckeyes will lose junior linebacker Ryan Shazier to the NFL one year early. But quarterback Braxton Miller will be back for his senior season.
North Dakota State 35, Towson 7: Brock Jensen threw a touchdown pass and was one of four North Dakota State players who ran for scores as the Bison capped a 15-0 season with their third consecutive Football Championship Subdivision title. It was coach Craig Bohl's final game at the school. Bohl last month accepted the job as Wyoming's coach.
ESPN.com contributed to this report.