AUSTIN — Charlie Strong understands the appeal of being head football coach at Texas.

AUSTIN — Charlie Strong understands the appeal of being head football coach at Texas.

If he doesn’t already, he’ll soon fully realize what else goes with the job, from high expectations to media obligations and everything in between. No, he’s not in Louisville anymore.

Texas made it official Sunday, hiring Strong as the successor to Mack Brown. He will receive a five-year contract worth $5 million per season. An introductory news conference is scheduled for Monday. Strong becomes the first black head coach in a men’s sport at Texas.

"Texas is one of those places that is always on your radar and a program anyone would dream of being a part of because you have a chance to compete on a national level every year," Strong said in a statement. "It’s special because it has such great history, pride, tradition and passion for football."

Strong’s job is to make it special again. Texas has been an undistinguished 18-17 in the Big 12 the last four seasons.

Texas athletic director Steve Patterson surveyed an eight-person advisory committee about priorities before the search began. From a starting point of about 30 candidates following Brown’s resignation Dec. 14, the search led to Strong.

"He fit the criteria we had," Patterson said. "He brings toughness and accountability, the X’s and O’s, and he’s a good person and family man. Plus, he really wanted the job."

Patterson interviewed Strong for more than four hours Tuesday at Strong’s home in Louisville.

At one point, one of Strong’s daughters asked with a bit of resignation: "Daddy, are you going to move us again?"

Patterson, who had heard similar questions from his family, immediately related.

"We were very impressed with him," Patterson said. "When you have a process, you go through it all the way and do not short-change the process."

Patterson said Texas made only one offer — to Strong. He said Alabama coach Nick Saban, long viewed as the ultimate hire by some Texas donors and fans, was never a candidate.

He also said there was "some overstatement" on how interested other reported candidates were. UCLA’s Jim Mora and Baylor’s Art Briles announced they were staying at their current schools last week. Billionaire Texas donor Red McCombs had publicly endorsed ESPN analyst Jon Gruden.

In his introductory statement, Strong hit all the right notes. He praised Brown for a reputation of winning "with class and integrity." Strong mentioned being introduced to the late Texas icon Darrell Royal at a coaching clinic in Austin.

"Meeting Coach Royal and being around him that day is something I’ll never forget," Strong said.

One criticism of Strong is his low media profile. At Texas, where the spotlight never dims and the Longhorn Network craves extra access, the responsibilities are even greater.

"I don’t have any concerns Charlie can’t perform admirably in that situation," Patterson said.

Patterson confirmed that Strong would not be bringing Louisville assistant coach Clint Hurtt with him to Texas. Hurtt faced a NCAA show-cause order for his role in violations at Miami.

Some of the strongest praise for Strong came from a former rival and a former employee.

"Charlie’s an excellent coach, a very good guy, a good recruiter," said Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher, whose team plays for the BCS title Monday. "I think he’ll do an excellent job. I think he had done a tremendous job at Louisville turning those guys around."

Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich called Strong a good friend at a news conference Sunday. He gave Strong "an A-plus-plus for the way he changed the culture" at Louisville, from wins and losses (37-15 in four years) to the type of players he recruited.

"His results were fantastic but he did it the right way," Jurich said. "He didn’t cut any corners."

While much of the focus is on how Strong will fare replacing Brown, the social implications are impossible to ignore.

Texas has not always been progressive on race issues. The 1969 team was the last all-white AP national championship squad. Offensive lineman Julius Whittier became the program’s first black letterman the following season

Former women’s track coach Bev Kearney, who is black, has filed a discrimination lawsuit against the school. She alleges that race played a role in her forced resignation.

Former basketball All-American T.J. Ford tweeted: "Congrats to our new football Coach Charlie Strong. FIRST BLACK Head Coach in UT HISTORY."

Without specifically referring to race, Texas president Bill Powers said, "This is a historic day for The University of Texas and a historic hire for our football team."