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Charlie Strong to Louisville coaching staff: Decision has not been made

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Contrary to previous reports, Charlie Strong‘s departure from Louisville to Texas may not be as close to a done deal as once believed. Strong gathered his coaching staff for a 9 a.m. meeting Saturday and word now is Strong has informed his staff a decision has not been made.

Cue the Texas meltdown now.

Multiple outlets had been reporting Strong was offered the head coaching job at Texas and was expected to accept it. That may end up being the result for Strong and the Longhorns, but his informing the coaching staff assembled at Louisville does raise a bit of an eyebrow and may be a slight cause for concern for those in Austin, Texas.

As noted before, the media demands at Texas as head coach never seemed to be the right fit for Strong, but ultimately winning football games and rebuilding and restoring the pride in the program seemed more than capable if Strong was the head coach of Texas.

Sports Illustrated reported Friday night Strong had agreed to a five-year contract valued at $5 million per year.

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30 Responses to “Charlie Strong to Louisville coaching staff: Decision has not been made”
  1. amosalanzostagg says: Jan 4, 2014 9:51 AM

    The LHN is the Bane to the University of Texas.
    Football coaches want to be football coaches not reality TV stars.

  2. thekingdave says: Jan 4, 2014 9:58 AM

    Another Texas post, another erection popped by Amos.

  3. amosalanzostagg says: Jan 4, 2014 9:58 AM

    A question to the Texas supporters

    “What do you do should Charlie Strong decides to stay at Louisville?”


  4. amosalanzostagg says: Jan 4, 2014 9:59 AM


    and without Viagra.


  5. 700levelvet says: Jan 4, 2014 10:02 AM

    Football coaches want to get PAID…Just like everyone else.. If they offered him this job.. Damn right he’s gonna take it, I wish Vegas had odds on this…

  6. thefiesty1 says: Jan 4, 2014 10:14 AM

    Winning big against inferior competition (little east aka American conference) is NOT the same as the Big 12. Just ask WVA. Not like they thought it would work out. Same for Strong. The grass is NOT always greener.

    If he does accept the FIRST move would be to send Greg Robinson packing (before the press conference) and then turn the offense over to Major Applewhite and actually let him call the plays instead of asking Mack if his play selection is ok with him.

  7. amosalanzostagg says: Jan 4, 2014 10:17 AM


    That’s my point. Should Charlie Strong leave for Texas, great for him. What happens if Charlie Strong is using Texas to get the $5 million, 5 year contract out of Louisville AND addendums, such has new facilities, money for assistant coaches and staff, etc.

    All Texas did was offer the remainder of Mack’s contract, $5 million a year and Texas is saving money since Mack’s contract was back loaded. What happened to the same $7 million to $10 million per year contract with ownership in the LHN and oil and gas leasesthat was being bandied around with Saban?


  8. shadowshand says: Jan 4, 2014 10:22 AM


    Spot on. The details just haven’t been worked out. If he’s smart, seeing the others who have backed away and realizing he is probably their best option, Strong and his team are just maximizing the deal.

  9. amosalanzostagg says: Jan 4, 2014 10:25 AM


    Louisville is going to the ACC this year along with Notre Dame and Cincinnati making the ACC thefirst conference with an opportunity to be the nation’s first super conference. Then watch the fun begin.


  10. vols84 says: Jan 4, 2014 10:31 AM

    He did this same thing to Tennessee last year. He is waiting to hear from Louisville AD on how high they will go to raise his pay before he decides.

  11. dryzzt23 says: Jan 4, 2014 10:54 AM

    Louisville or Texas… is that even a choice?

  12. harleyspoon says: Jan 4, 2014 10:54 AM

    RTR, Strong is good but he is not Saban…yet! What is happening now is that the Louisville people are making their counter offers..Sooner of later, the bidding war will end and whichever program covets Strong the most will have made him a deal he can’t turn down..

    The mistake Texas and the BIG12 made a couple of years ago was in not grabbing Louisville (along with WV) when the getting was good..Instead of TCU, the BIG12 should have taken West Virginia and Louisville to get to ten and then turned the heavens over to get Notre Dame (same deal made by ACC/ND)….That would have made BIG12 football look like this:

    South: UT, TT, BU, OU, OSU

    North: ISU, KU, KSU, LV, WV

    Then the BIG12 should have tied ND down for eventual football membership (as ACC did) and started working on a deal with Arkansas so that eventually the BIG12 would look like this:

    South: BU, UT, TT, OU, OSU, AR

    North: ISU, KU, KSU, LV, WV, ND*

    *If ND didn’t bite on the BIG12 deal under any circumstance, then BIG12 could go after a Minnesota or a Northern Illinois to expand the footprint to include Arkansas, Kentucky and either Minnesota or Illinois..However, I like the 75 million US Catholics ND has in its pocket on a given day and a full house no matter where they play…

    But, as Don Meredith always said, “If if’s and but’s were candy and nuts, we’d all have a Merry Christmas!”..

  13. thegonz13 says: Jan 4, 2014 10:55 AM

    This is what cracks me up. Coaches can up and leave at a moment’s notice and start coaching the next year.

    College players can leave but have to sit out a year.

    Enough with the double standard already!

  14. harleyspoon says: Jan 4, 2014 10:56 AM

    thefeistyone, Louisville will soon be in the much improved and revamped ACC…

  15. youcantmakemepickausername says: Jan 4, 2014 11:01 AM

    If i was Charlie Strong, (not that he’s asked me for my opinion–shocking, I know), I’d take a step back and think about how good I potentially have it at Louisville.

    They’re about to go into the ACC, which isn’t the top conference in the country obviously, but at the very least, if they have a season where they run the table, there are enough quality programs that they won’t have to listen to the “they didn’t play anybody” argument.

    And I know they don’t necessarily have the tradition or money of Texas, but the Louisville athletic dept is still in pretty good shape and kind of underrated.

    also, I don’t claim to know the guy’s mindset, but maybe he doesn’t necessarily wanna deal with all the BS that comes with being the Texas HC. Yeah, it’s a great gig with great facilities and recruiting base, fan base and everything else but i’m sure theres a ton of politics involved too.

    At Louisville, the whole world won’t seem like it’s ending if he has one off year, because people will probably be like “well, that sucks, but what time do Pitino and they boys start?”

  16. harleyspoon says: Jan 4, 2014 11:02 AM

    thegonz13, coaches are professionals and no longer have to attend classes to be eligible to coach…Student-athletes are not professionals (yet) and they do have numerous eligibility situations because they are students…Imagine the chaos in college football if student-athletes could jump from school to school on a whim or at will with no consequences…Hell, man, even “professional” football players can’t jump from team to team without having to jump through many complex hoops…Get real, gonz!

  17. youcantmakemepickausername says: Jan 4, 2014 11:05 AM

    *the boys start.

  18. thekingdave says: Jan 4, 2014 11:45 AM


    To answer the question as to what we’ll do if Strong stays, we’ll, ya know, hire another coach.

  19. amosalanzostagg says: Jan 4, 2014 11:46 AM


    Texas created the problem by using the social media in their coaching search as a primary tool in their coaching recruiting. When coaches are informed of what is being offered to coach X, they remember. Texas thinks that a coach can be bought, well, if money was the only driving force in a coaches decision, then yeah, Texas would have applicants from Austin to the Red River.

    Saban said “No!”.
    Mora said “No!”.
    Briles said “No!”.

    Why? Because they are BUILDING their own programs the way they want to on their terms. At Texas, you have the alumni politics big time and you have the LHN that kills a coach’s capability to focus on X’s and O’s. Say what you will, but Mack Brown loved the alumni politics AND coaching football. He did not like the LHN aspect. He was spread way too thin, time wise.

    ND was NEVER going to the Big 12. The ACC was their goal all along.


  20. amosalanzostagg says: Jan 4, 2014 11:55 AM


    True, but at what point does Texas stop utilizing social media and let the selection committee and Patterson do their job?

    Saban said “No!”,
    Mora said “No!”,
    Briles said “No!”,

    A great University like Texas is making themselves look foolish on a national scale by announcing what coach they have “signed” when the pen has never met the contract. Texas had Saban flying to Austin for the Football dinner when Mack was still the head coach. Texas had interviews with Mora at an undisclosed location. Texas drove up I-35 to an undisclosed location to talk w Briles.

    All conjecture and innuendo.

    Texas could have saved all the angst if they had just kept their mouths shut, particularly alumni who think they know.


  21. amosalanzostagg says: Jan 4, 2014 12:12 PM


    Having worked with University athletic programs nationally for decades, ND would NEVER be in a conference with Texas. Notre Dame, like Texas, has to be the big dog in the room. You could not have a meeting room large enough to accommodate BOTH Texas and ND’s egos. Notre Dame selected the ACC for all it’s sports teams other than football, the same way they initially chose the Big East. ACC basketball ball, men’s and women, was the primary goal for Notre Dame. The Big 12 was NEVER on the radar.

    Arkansas will never join a conference with Texas in control ever again,never.

    Arkansas has a VERY long memory of what Texas did to their University while a member of the old SWC. Same with Texas A&M. They will play Texas on their terms, not Texas’s. I imagine you could say that about Missouri, Nebraska, and Colorado. Each of those schools made the best decision for their programs and have moved on from the Big 12.

    What is going to be painful is the advent of the super conferences. With the ACC
    being at 15 teams starting this fall, it will be a short period of time before the ACC
    adds ONE more school and they will break into TWO eight team divisions for football,….. and the MONEY will flow obscenely.

    Conferences we now know, will switch again.

    ALL for the almighty dollar.



  22. louhudson23 says: Jan 4, 2014 12:16 PM

    “As noted before, the media demands at Texas as head coach never seemed to be the right fit for Strong, but ultimately winning football games and rebuilding and restoring the pride in the program seemed more than capable if Strong was the head coach of Texas.” What the heck is this supposed to mean?

  23. Deb says: Jan 4, 2014 12:56 PM

    I expect he’s just lobbying for more money. Nothing like telling the world you’ll pay Saban north of $7 mil, then offering Charlie $5 mil. Obviously he knows you’ve got some wiggle room in your budget. You’d think Texas had never done this before.

  24. floridacock says: Jan 4, 2014 1:22 PM

    Another case of the press popping off too soon. They need to seek rock solid confirmation,ie. from THE source, before rushing to report it first.

  25. klownboy says: Jan 4, 2014 3:10 PM

    Strong is a decent fit, but I don’t know if he is ready for the “Longhorn politics”.

  26. onlyoneleft says: Jan 4, 2014 3:44 PM

    He had better win quickly, at Texas, or his butt will be grass.

  27. onlyoneleft says: Jan 4, 2014 3:52 PM


    “Louisville is going to the ACC this year along with Notre Dame and Cincinnati making the ACC thefirst conference with an opportunity to be the nation’s first super conference. Then watch the fun begin.”

    Thanks for the headsup on Cincinnati. I hadn’t heard that

  28. florida727 says: Jan 4, 2014 4:17 PM

    Wonder if Teddy Bridgewater leaving influences his decision? I still insist that one of, if not the, worst day in Florida football history is the one when they let him leave for Louisville. I just really like this guy as a football coach. He’ll be a success wherever he ends up. Wish him nothing but the best. Class act.

  29. drs76109 says: Jan 4, 2014 5:12 PM

    “Ummmm, hey, Mack, no one wants to replace you, so wouldja like to come back?”

  30. niebauer05 says: Jan 4, 2014 5:59 PM

    Sometimes the path to happiness and the hall of fame don’t go through the big named programs. Hall of famer Denny Crum turned down a job offer at UCLA when they were THE basketball dynasty, only to stay at lowly Louisville and make a new name. At Louisville, C. Strong is THE MAN. If he brings a championship there, it will be all his. At Texas, the program will almost always be bigger than him. He is already a top ten salaried coach. I don’t think going to UT is a slam dunk

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