They wanted him.
As the Tennessee Volunteer football program continued to struggle to find its footing since the parting of ways with Phillip Fulmer, they thought they had the answer to their problems.
Charlie Strong was a guy who grew up in SEC Country. He went to college in SEC Country. He earned his coaching stripes in SEC Country. Surely he would jump at the chance to leave what some considered a second-tier job at Louisville to become the head coach at one of the SEC’s historically dominant and prestigious programs.
After being courted by the Volunteers for a couple of weeks in late 2012, Charlie Strong said no to Tennessee and signed a deal to stay at Louisville through 2020. He followed that up by leading his Louisville team to a lopsided victory over the Florida Gators, another darling of the SEC.
Charlie Strong’s actions have spoken volumes. He plans on building an empire in Louisville.
He’ll get a nice jump on that building process in 2013. For staters, he’ll have T...