It seems that every time I start to write about this something changes and rewrites the story. The media has mentioned Texas and Louisville HC Charlie Strong together a lot lately. First it was Vegas naming Strong as the odds on favorite to replace retirink Mack Brown. Since the two dont seem like a logical pairing many disregarded it. Sometimes though the illogical turns out to be the most logical. This story has grown many legs.
This week the media erupted with the news that Strong interviewed for the Texas job and that his hiring was eminent. Then word came that Texas wanted to interview Briles of Baylor. Next it was UCLA’s Mora. Today Briles and Mora have withdrawn their names after originaly saying that they would accept the job if offered. With Saban, Fisher, Franklin, Strong, Dantonio, Briles and Mora all being linked to the job at some point in time, its hard to figure what Texas is doing. Its been quite a s.how.
I personaly do not see Strong as a good fit for the Texas job. He is a football coach who wants to coach his team. At Texas you need to be a CEO and a football coach is further down the list.
As it seems right now, Franklin and Strong are the front runners for the Texas job. Franklin is also up for the Penn St job, along with Miamis Golden. The longer this story goes the least likely it seems that Strong will be on the Cardinals sideline next season.
Here is a scenario. Franklin gets the Texas job, Golden goes to Penn St and then Strong to Miami. There are more scenarios that put Strong on another sideline then keeps him in Louisville.
Strong blasted Louisville fans before turning down the Tennessee job. He complained about fans not being in their seats at kickoff, low turnouts for Cardmarch and at senior day. Despite having a105 SOS the Cards soldout every game and the fans have traveled well to the bowl games the last to years. Despite Louisville being one of the few programs to show an increase in attendance, Strong still seems to be disappointed with the fan support. To me this a a major load of BS! Players have now began to throw out Strongs fans complaints today.
Hay Charlie, Jurich is talking about expanding the recently expanded 55k seat football stadium. All of the things that you are complaining about will be fixed with the move to the ACC.
With Strongs seemingly eminent departure, who may be on the Cards sideline next season? The more popular answer may come as a surprise, Bobby Petrino. He is available and has had success here before. The question is has he and Jurich mended their fences from their nasty split. Rest assured however that Jurich already has a short list made out and he will have more and better options then ever before.
Coach Strong if you dont appreciate what you have here in Louisville then dont let the door hit you on the way out. Thanks for all you have done in your four years at Louisville.