Any more issues out there needing to be resolved? Bring them on.
Pete Thammel, of Sports Illustrated, is reporting that Charlie Strong has recommitted to the University of Louisville football program, turning down an offer to coach at Tennessee.
The word followed reports throughout the day Wednesday that UofL and UT were engaged in an intense bidding war for Strong’s services. Tennessee representatives had flown to Louisville to make a counter offer, and raise the stakes even higher if necessary.
Louisville and Strong are finalizing a long-term extension that could be announced as early as Thursday. It’s expected to be a significant commitment in both years and dollars and will reportedly put Strong in the top echelon of coaches in the ACC. The Louisville extension ends Tennessee’s courtship of Strong, who had one brief meeting on Sunday with Tennessee chancellor Jimmy Cheek in Louisville.
So when push came to shove, Strong made good on his word to his coaches, players and recruits that he wasn’t going anywhere, choosing a Big East and future Atlantic Coast Conference school over a Southeastern Conference member.
Strong finally signs that contract extension, and now can put his sole focus on Florida and the Sugar Bowl. It will be a relief to see him happy again.
Tom Jurich emerges on top once more, and Louisville football will never be taken for granted again.