Louisville is a clear underdog in the Sugar Bowl, but the Cardinals can already claim one major victory over an SEC team this postseason.
Charlie Strong's decision to stay with the school also sets up an intriguing reunion Jan. 2 in New Orleans.
The former Florida defensive coordinator leads No. 22 Louisville against the fourth-ranked Gators, who are looking for their fifth straight win in a BCS bowl.
Strong's success at Louisville (10-2) made him one of the hot names in this year's coaching carousel, but he turned down an offer from Tennessee to stay with the Cardinals, who are moving from the Big East to the ACC in 2014.
"You look at those jobs, but I have a great job here," said Strong, who shared the Big East coach of the year award with Rutgers' Kyle Flood. "The stability of this program is always going to be solid and they're going to do everything to make this one of the best programs in the country."
Strong helped Florida (11-1) remain among the nation's best programs i...