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Charlie Strong explains media ban from practice

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As we noted in the one-liners the other day, Louisville coach Charlie Strong pulled a strange maneuver last week when he banned local media from attending the team’s practices because he was unhappy about coverage the Cardinals were getting.

Most of that coverage was dedicated to Louisville’s Final Four run in March. By itself, I can’t think of many college beats (if any) that would willingly place a Final Four appearance by a school on the news backburner. Whether it’s a powerhouse like Duke, or an up-and-comer — say, Alabama — a Final Four spot is going to soak up the spotlight.

Be that as it may, Strong was unhappy about the apparent sparse coverage he had at practices during that time. In his pre-spring game presser, Strong expanded on his decision.

We are a BCS program,” Strong said. “We are an elite program, and I am passionate about this program, and that’s what I want to see in this community.”

Strong’s a passionate guy and wants the community to buy into the program. That’s commendable, to be sure, but banning local media over disappointment on lack of media coverage isn’t going to win you any fans with those reporters.

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7 Responses to “Charlie Strong explains media ban from practice”
  1. Deb says: Apr 12, 2012 10:49 PM

    Scratch Charlie off the list for Arkansas. The Hogs have already had their share of Nutts.

  2. going4iton4th says: Apr 12, 2012 11:57 PM

    I hate to disagree with Charlie Strong but I wouldn’t put Louisville in the elite class of football programs currently.

  3. fnc111 says: Apr 12, 2012 11:57 PM

    Deb, I think Long will go the interim route this season then snatch up Gus Malzahn after the 2012 season is over. That one year at ASU will be plenty if experience before getting the call up to UA. He is going to be feeling the heat all year even with being down the road because everyone knows what’s going to go down next bowl season.

  4. jmb795 says: Apr 13, 2012 4:48 AM

    Oh, I get it. I’ll get you…I’ll hurt me.
    Sounds like Charles learned his trade well at the feet of the great one, The Urb.

  5. rob0527 says: Apr 13, 2012 12:40 PM

    Charlie doesn’t play well with others. Give the basketball team there props, they deserve it. If he backs them, they will back his team.

  6. dolfan66r says: Apr 13, 2012 1:48 PM

    This will be his last year at Louisville unless they get into the Big 12. The Big Least is sinking. He will be at a SEC school soon. Possibly Arkansas.

  7. 305fan says: Apr 13, 2012 4:15 PM

    Just cause you pay your players elite money, dosen’t mean you have an elite program.

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