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‘Angry’ Charlie Strong vehemently denies interview with Auburn

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On the same day Louisville announced it would be moving to the ACC, a report has surfaced that could involve its head football coach moving to the SEC.  Or it could be the latest piece of BS that’s been flung onto the 2012 spinning of the coaching carousel.

One of the two.

Earlier Wednesday evening, posted a report which stated that Cardinals head coach Charlie Strong had interviewed for the vacancy at Auburn “in the last two days.”  Given Strong’s ties to the conference in which the Tigers reside — he spent the previous eight seasons at Florida prior to his UofL hiring in late 2009 — most observers viewed him as destined for a return to the SEC as a head coach at some point in time.

That may or not eventually be the case.  In the here and now, and with Louisville preparing for a de facto Big East championship game Thursday that will determine which team will assume the conference’s BcS position, Strong didn’t take kindly to the report.

In fact, he was downright pissed and/or angry.

It’s this point in the program in which we remind people that, on Dec. 21, 2006, a certain coach stridently proclaimed that he was “not going to be the Alabama coach.”  Just shy of two weeks later, said coach was indeed the Alabama coach.

This is not to say that Strong will become that coach in the days to come.  It’s merely to say that any coach who speaks publicly this time of the year could become that coach, Strong included.

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31 Responses to “‘Angry’ Charlie Strong vehemently denies interview with Auburn”
  1. rashardmendenballs says: Nov 28, 2012 9:52 PM

    Translation: Give me a raise or I am off to Auburn!

  2. houndofthebaskervols says: Nov 28, 2012 9:52 PM

    LOL Charlie is only angry cause Auburn doesnt want him. Its absurd, the man is a fraud as a head football coach.

    Have fun in the ACC Charlie getting crushed annually by FSU, Carolina, Syracuse, Pitt, NC State, Clemson, and {hahaha} Duke.

  3. roundup5 says: Nov 28, 2012 9:58 PM

    Was he Spurrier’s DC?

  4. jag8r904 says: Nov 28, 2012 10:14 PM

    @roundup5 he was DT coach for Spurrier at UF then was under Holtz at ND and USCe. He was DC under Zook and Meyer at UF. Was interim HC for 04 Peach Bowl after Zook was (FINALLY) fired.

  5. v2the4 says: Nov 28, 2012 10:17 PM

    how is he a fraud as a head football coach baskervols? he took over a team that won 15 games in three years before him to back to back 7-6 seasons, 1-1 in bowls, and is now 9-2 going into a possible winner take all BCS game vs Rutgers.

    that guy has revamped that program and has Louisville back on the upswing….

    now, in your opinion, is he more of a fraud, like Derrick Dooley, or Lane Kiffin,

  6. huskylawyer says: Nov 28, 2012 11:00 PM

    Not sure how he can be a “fraud” considering he was all-world as a D-coordinator and recruiter at Florida, and has brought back Lousville back to relevance….

  7. houndofthebaskervols says: Nov 28, 2012 11:14 PM

    Strong is in his critical 3rd year, and has lost to Syracuse and UConn, two teams with losing records. If he’s not a total fraud he is in over his head. Sorry, he’s going to get his brains beat out in the ACC….a conference even weaker than the Big East. LOL

  8. 502sooner says: Nov 28, 2012 11:45 PM

    Hey houndofthedumbassvol…. Why would anyone even think that anyone from UT would know what a real coach is considering your history. The only real coach you all have had on that campus in decades just retired (PAT SUMMIT). The only fraud is you!

  9. mhalt99 says: Nov 29, 2012 1:00 AM

    houndofthebaskervols says

    what are you talkin……..oh…..color of his skin has you blue….got it. just come out and say your’e a racist bro. can’t really call the guy a fraud of a head coach with his background.

    oh and good luck with that whole racist thing for the rest of your life, in 2012, pumping gas.

  10. thegeneral7694 says: Nov 29, 2012 1:27 AM


    “Strong is in his critical 3rd year, and has lost to Syracuse and UConn, two teams with losing records.”

    Syracuse is 7-5 (5-2 in conference)…I knew Tennessee fans couldn’t read, but I did think at least they could count. “Fraud” was a very poor and unwisely used word to describe Strong, who has done nothing to suggest he’s anything of the kind. He’d be a major upgrade over any coach that’s roamed UT’s sideline in quite some time. I’m sure Auburn would love to have him, and if your fan base had any sense, y’all would, too. Good luck with that Gruden thing. I’m sure he’ll say nice things about Knoxville from the MNF booth next year.

  11. houndofthebaskervols says: Nov 29, 2012 1:28 AM

    LOL Yeah, racist = not wanting a coach who lost 12 games in his first two years, and has now been beaten by two teams with losing records in his “signature” year. If this is his signature I sure dont want his fingerprints on my team. Sorry, Strong sucks. And if the only reason any of you support him is because you think its trendy to support minority coaches, even when they have demonstrated that they suck, then you are idiots.

  12. houndofthebaskervols says: Nov 29, 2012 1:34 AM

    Sorry General, maybe you don’t understand this, but Syracuse was 4-5 when they played Louisville. Is that a winning or a losing record? ha ha

  13. thegeneral7694 says: Nov 29, 2012 2:39 AM

    I understand what you typed, which was “two teams with losing records”, and that is inaccurate, now and when you typed it. Win-loss records aren’t frozen in time…I don’t see what difference it makes what the record was at the time. But regardless, if you meant “losing record at the time”, perhaps you could’ve typed that, so we’d ALL understand. The underlying point is that Coach Strong’s body of work as both a DC and a HC suggests that he is anything but a “fraud”, and losing to Syracuse doesn’t change that. You said on another thread that you want Al Golden at UT…how is Coach Strong a “fraud”, but Coach Golden is the real deal? Is it his stellar 40-45 career record? You’re knocking on Strong for 12 losses in his 1st 2 years, when Golden had 19 in his? Strong (as a DC, admittedly) has ALREADY WON IN THE SEC….Golden did okay in the MAC. Well, bully for him, but Ypsilanti is a far cry from Tuscaloosa. Not trying to destroy Golden, because I like him, too, but by virtually every measure, Strong is more of a proven commodity. You don’t have to like him, but calling him a “fraud” when his team is in line to play in a BCS bowl is pretty ridiculous.

  14. choicess says: Nov 29, 2012 6:34 AM

    Look, not all Vol fans are idiots. Coach Strong is a great man and a solid coach, and I certainly don’t want him at a program with tons of resources like Auburn.
    Even though he’s 4th or 5th among my choices for our job, there’s no reason not to believe he’d be successful as a HC in the SEC

  15. 35longmiles says: Nov 29, 2012 6:35 AM

    I think we can all see who the fraud is here.

    hint: He’s a fan of an orange team that has been a doormat for years running.


  16. 35longmiles says: Nov 29, 2012 6:38 AM

    choicess says:
    Nov 29, 2012 6:34 AM
    Look, not all Vol fans are idiots.

    LOL, no offense choicess, but you are strongly implying that most Vol fans are idiots.

    see: hound

  17. floridacock says: Nov 29, 2012 7:19 AM

    Vols fans be careful what you wish for, Gruden is the real fraud. TB Bucs fan

  18. soobster says: Nov 29, 2012 7:33 AM

    I wouldn’t call Gruden a fraud. Overrated maybe but not a fraud. He took over a Dungy team left in salary cap hell and had no choice but to get rid of a lot of people. People forget that it was the team he personally built that he faced in the Super Bowl.

    I think Strong would be a pretty good SEC coach. He has restored the talent on Louisville and has them winning again. Why should Strong leave? The path of least resistance towards a BCS bowl is the Big East for him.

  19. soobster says: Nov 29, 2012 7:34 AM

    And ACC

  20. 502sooner says: Nov 29, 2012 7:53 AM

    Soobster. Some people want a challenge at the highest level of competition. The SEC is that. Don’t get me wrong I am hoping he stays put but I would not blame him if he did.

  21. soobster says: Nov 29, 2012 7:59 AM


    Nah I get that but at all three of these open SEC schools left the talent pool is kinda lacking with most of the impact players leaving and I don’t know if any of these schools have the patience to deal with a reload.

    Saw a rumor that Arkansas is interested in Bobo. I hope they do take him. It’ll be our Trojan Horse gift lol

  22. roundup5 says: Nov 29, 2012 9:51 AM

    I am not pro or anti Strong. I remember his success’ at Florida. Now,
    in his defense , for some of you less astute college football followers,
    have you ever try to recruit top flight players to Louisville? Allow me to reveal something that is not a well-kept secret: It is HELL recruiting to places like Louisville! Give the guy his due for taking the challenge.

  23. jeffreyperria says: Nov 29, 2012 11:40 AM


    loose to duke in football, noone looses to duke in football except for north carolina…. that is the most absurb comment ever..

    signed OSU fan and Molest U hater

  24. abrellbama says: Nov 29, 2012 5:08 PM

    Why so angry Charlie? Auburn is a doggone good school to coach at. It is sure better than Louisville and the pay is better so be happy your name is even mentioned.

  25. Legion Of Boom says: Nov 29, 2012 5:22 PM

    He sure is an Angry elf…

  26. joewilliesshnoz says: Nov 29, 2012 6:29 PM

    Sounds like Charlie is trying to get someone else to up the ante, can you say Arkansas . . .

  27. houndofthebaskervols says: Nov 29, 2012 6:30 PM

    LOL I see the nincompoops are out in force.

    Strong does not have an SEC ready resume. Call it what you want it, I dont care, but he has not demonstrated that he is a top tier coach. Auburn is looking for a “proven winner,” there is nothing to suggest in 3 years at Louisville that Strong fits that criteria.

    Have a hanky everybody, dry your eyes, and get ready for a string of 7-8 win seasons at Louisville. Sorry.

  28. seveninc2000 says: Nov 30, 2012 12:09 AM

    This story is kind of funny reading all the statements and people thoughts, Arkansas would be a more secure job, can someone say 12-0 Tommy,,,,,,,,,,,,Auburn tried to get rid of, how about um Terry Bow den, 2 coaches Auburn tried to destroy life wise, I think old Charlie smart enough to stay away,

  29. andrewryan843 says: Nov 30, 2012 2:23 PM

    UT is terrible this year and every year. Dooley is a complete joke and Kiffen laughed at your program…. Trying to rip on strong to make yourself feel better about your terrible athletic program is getting you nowhere

  30. tony747 says: Dec 1, 2012 9:57 PM

    Did any of you really believe that Charlie was really gonna say if he was interested in leaving before Louisville played this past Thursday. There’s no way he would say that. That would have been stupid. If he had he would have caused so much confusion at Louisville they would have probably lost to Rutgers. Charlie would be good for the team and the team would be good for Charlie. But the bets fit at Auburn would be Gus Malzahn because of Gus already being familiar with the team, the university and the players, and even more so he would help save the recruits that are now decommitting because most of them were coming for Gus to begin with. Gus was the one that did the best recruiting at Auburn they were truly coming for him, not Gene. All these incoming kids were coming for the spread offense and all that was being changed, but if Gus comes you’ll see it and the recruits come back, not to mention he will probably bring his QB with him

  31. ckorpics says: Dec 2, 2012 12:42 AM

    first of all hound of vols you just dont want to admit that strong turned u guys down and also can u tell me who would be more qualified right now because u havent even mentioned anyone else which suggests to me there isnt anyone better and also everyone can just stop saying that auburn and tenn and ark will offer more money to steal him away because the ad of lousville has alread said he will make him the highest paid coach and they have the money to do it. Besides why would he leave a team with a soon to be 3 year starting quarterback that will be a heisman candidate next year. To say he would leave that is absurd.

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