Instead, the Cardinals’ athletic director has to worry (again) about keeping the coach from heading back to his former stomping grounds.
As you no doubt know by now, Urban Meyer retiring as Florida’s head coach has caused a flood of rumors as to his eventual successor. Among the names mentioned early and often has been Charlie Strong, Jurich’s current head coach and Meyer’s former defensive coordinator.
Given the ties, Jurich knows Strong will likely be a candidate. The A.D. also knows that he will do anything in his power to retain the first-year coach.
“He brings everything to a job from A to Z,” Jurich told the Louisville Courier-Journal. “I will do everything in my power to make sure he stays because he is a perfect fit for this city and this university.”
Of course, if Florida really wants Strong, there’s little Jurich can do to keep him. UF trumps everything U of L has to offer, from pay to prestige to roots to fertile recruiting grounds to… well… everything. The Cardinals players, however, aren’t seeing their coach having a wandering eye, even if the job is Florida.
“Coach Strong is starting to build what he needs to build here he has a great foundation,” Graham said. “I feel like he’s committed to this program and the players here, so I don’t feel like that (Florida) is in the conversation at all.”
There’s no doubt that Strong is committed to Louisville right now. Will that remain the case if UF comes a callin’? I think everybody but his current players know the answer to that question.