Charlie Strong was officially named head coach of Texas, the school announced Sunday.
Strong leaves Louisville to replace Mack Brown, who retired after 16 seasons.
UCLA coach Jim Mora and Baylor's Art Briles were originally among consideration, but both withdrew their names from further discussion on Friday when it became apparent Strong was likely going to be offered the Longhorns' post.
"Our committee and former lettermen helped create an extensive selection criteria and after visiting with Charlie, it was clear he met them all," athletic director Steve Patterson said in a statement. "He led championship defenses as an assistant, a resurgence at the University of Louisville with double-digit game winning seasons, and twice been selected conference coach of the year."
Strong compiled a 37-15 record in four seasons as head coach of the Cardinals, including an outstanding 23-3 mark the last two seasons. His teams also won two conference titles and three of four bowl game appearances, including a win over Florida in the 2012 Sugar Bowl and a relatively easy 36-9 win over Miami last week in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
"To follow a future Hall of Fame coach like Mack Brown, who built a program that had great success and a reputation of doing it with class and integrity, is extra special," Strong said in the statement. "The National Championship, BCS Bowl wins and all he accomplished in 16 years built on the Longhorn legacy and makes it such an exciting place to be."
Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich said in a press conference that Strong all expectations in his four years as the Cardinals' coach.
"I told him I gave him an A-plus-plus for the way he changed the culture here," Jurich said, "not only from the football standpoint of wins and losses but the type of kids he recruited, the type of coaching staff he assembled, what they did academically. We had very few problems off the field; I was very impressed with that.
"In my next hire, my ambition and intentions are to find somebody that will follow up and build on what Charlie's built already and only keep this going. We're so excited to move into the ACC. I want to make sure we keep that momentum going."
Texas has to pay Louisville a $4.375 million buyout for hiring Strong.