Found December 04, 2012 on
Louisville Card Game:
Quite possibly Charlie Strong can’t put the rumors aside just yet because he doesn’t know whether he has everything he wants. When asked Monday if he would return to the University of Louisville next season, he replied, “I will say that at the right time.”
“The right time” presumably being when he knows for certain he has another job offer. If he weren’t considering another venue, Strong could end all the speculation right now, allowing the focus to shift to where belongs, on the Sugar Bowl.
Tennessee, Auburn and Arkansas are looking for new coaches. Possibly none of them have decided that Charlie Strong is exactly the right fit, possibly concluding that the job he has done at Louisville was as much a function of scheduling as it was coaching expertise. If he’s not already discussing the fine print, Strong is out on a shaky limb, having fallen for the media line that he’s a great coach and a hot commodity
The buzz around Louisville Monday evening was that Strong and Tennessee have agreed to terms. Maybe so, maybe not. As we’ve learned in college football, there are no certainties until someone steps in front of a microphone and says this is what’s going to happen.
Strong appears to be offering reasons to the UofL fan base as to why he would consider other jobs, using of all things, an analogy of University of Kentucky fans vs. UofL fans. A major blunder on his part, insulting a fan base that practically idolizes him. Big mistake. He will never live it down, whether he stays or goes.
Charlie doesn’t have the benefit of watching UofL fan interest blossom over the years, despite all the coaching migration. Average attendance has grown from 26,474 in 1988 to an impressive 49,848 this past season. Talking an upward trajectory. But no, what Strong remembers is an early Saturday game, two days after Thanksgiving, students home for the weekend, the busiest travel weekend of the year, and a week after a humiliating blowout at Syracuse. He’s grumbling about few fans showing at 9:30 for Card March and “only” 45,618 fans at Papa John’s.
Unfortunately, history doesn’t seem have much meaning for some people these days. If Strong can’t appreciate where UofL has come from and where it could go with a coach who is as committed to the program as the fan base is committed to him, then maybe he’s not the right person for the job.
If he goes, he could overcome the odds and win a national championship. More than likely he is fired at an SEC school after two or three seasons. He’s going to get millions of dollars in either instance, the typical up and comer just wanting to prove himself. If Strong wants to prove himself, his accomplishments were be a lot more impressive at the University of Louisville.
The least likely scenario, it would seem, is that Strong is using the coaching controversy to improve his position at UofL, wanting to call Tom Jurich on his promise to match any offer. TJ has been reaffirming that for weeks, at one point confiding that he really believes Charlie Strong gets it, that UofL is a special place to coach.
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For those wondering if Charlie Strong is seriously considering leaving the Louisville Cardinals (the team that received a BCS bowl invitation to play the Florida Gators in the Sugar Bowl) for Auburn, Tennessee, or Arkansas, here’s your answer—at least according to one of the Cardinal’s most recent commits, Finesse Middleton. Middleton, a 6-foot, 249-pound player, said U of...
Charlie Strong poses with Tom Jurich, his current boss, and Seth Hancock (left), a close friend and advisor. (UofLCardGame photo)
So will Charlie Strong stay or go?
The name of the University of Louisville football coach keeps coming up with every potential SEC vacancy that comes up. Tennessee, Arkansas, Auburn. You name it and Strong has been rumored to have been on the short...
Louisville hasn’t announced anything as far as Charlie Strong having a finalized contract extension, but Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated is reporting that Strong has turned down Tennessee and will remain the head coach at Louisville.
I realize how inaccurate some of the reports have been over the past 48 hours, but Thamel is as credible as it gets. Here is an excerpt from his...
In October of last year, Louisville head coach Charlie Strong signed a two-year contract extension, making the deal an overall seven years. Although the team was just 2-4 at the time, Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich knew good things were to come and did what was needed to keep Strong happy.
With the reconstructed deal, Strong’s annual salary was raised to $2.3 million through...
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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 fans were really set on Charlie Strong being their next football coach. When the news broke last night that Strong was staying at Louisville, let’s just say the UT fan base was slightly butt hurt. Not only has Charlie Strong turned down Tennessee, but Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy and most recently Larry Fedora of North Carolina turned them down as well.
Charlie Strong wanted more media attention for his football program and that is exactly what he has gotten. There is an overwhelming amount of media crowded around the Louisville football practice facility waiting for an update on Strong’s future with the program. This photo of the players walking into the practice facility was recently posted on Twitter from Fred Cowgill of WLKY...
Former University of Louisville football coach Howard Schnellenberger with some advice for UofL and Charlie Strong and thoughts on the Tennessee situation.
The Charlie Strong coaching saga continues. Rumors are that Tennessee has offered him a contract and now Louisville has made a counter. Has Strong made up his mind? Check out Cardinal Authority for the latest.
Every once in a while, the phone will ring. When he answers, there’s always a smile on the face of Louisville head coach Charlie Strong. Many of the Florida players that Strong recruited to Gainesville have called him in recent years to congratulate him on what the 52-yard old head coach has done with the Cardinals. Strong is now preparing to coach against the program that jumpstarted...
University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong read a four-plus minute statement about his future. Strong turned down an offer to coach at Tennessee and will remain at U of L.
University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong faced the media on Thursday after turning down an offer from the University of Tennessee. Strong was emotional during a four-plus minute opening statement and then took questions for about 10 minutes from the assembled media. Cardinal Authority has the details.
Two late-breaking rumors on Twitter to make sure you don't sleep well tonight. First, Pete Thamel is reporting that Charlie Strong was offered the Tennessee job and declined it, choosing to remain at Louisville for a considerable bump in salary. With both Strong and Gundy having turned down the Volunteer job, Larry Fedora is now the last of the three rumored candidates still...
Kyle Flood earned his own share of Big East honors by winning co-Coach of the Year. Sharing the honor with Louisville coach Charlie Strong, Flood led Rutgers to a 9-3 mark and a share of the first Big East title in school history.
Despite the recent and unfortunate drama surrounding Louisville’s football program, the staff is still working hard on the recruiting trail. It started on Sunday night when Finesse Middleton, a former Ole Miss commit switched his commitment from the Rebels to the Cardinals. The Louisville staff has reportedly been in Florida this week to visit with two defensive back prospects...