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Louisville confirms Charlie Strong’s departure

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Even as Texas has yet to officially introduce its new head football coach, Louisville has confirmed the departure of the man expected to take over the Longhorns.

At a press conference Sunday afternoon, UofL athletic director Tom Jurich acknowledged that Charlie Strong has decided to take his leave of the Cardinals to take another job.  Saturday night, it was reported that Strong had informed both Jurich and his coaching staff that he had decided to take the Longhorns job.

Strong interviewed with UT officials last week.  Jurich made one last attempt to keep his coach, although the decision had already been made by Strong to take over in Austin.

“He had made up his mind by the time I got in there,” Jurich said. “I understand it. It was a dream of his.”

Jurich also stated that he was aware of what was transpiring in regards to Strong’s interest, saying that the coach “was always up-front. Not once did he go behind my back.”

Strong is expected to receive a five-year, $25 million contract from UT, although Jurich claimed that the move had “nothing to do with money.”  In 2013, Strong made just over $3.7 million.

As far as a replacement goes, Jurich said that “[i]t’s a wide-open job … Time should be of the essence. I’ll get the right person. Everybody is in play.”  Interestingly, Jurich, who declined to give a timetable for a hire, did not dismiss the notion of bringing Bobby Petrino back to the Cardinals.

Some of the names who have been mentioned as potential candidates include Duke head coach David Cutcliffe, Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris, Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi and Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart.

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8 Responses to “Louisville confirms Charlie Strong’s departure”
  1. gatorcheme says: Jan 5, 2014 12:40 PM

    Good luck coach. You deserve this opportunity. If it doesn’t work out, maybe they would be willing to trade you for Muschamp. I certainly wouldn’t mind seeing you become the HC at Florida.

  2. raysfan1 says: Jan 5, 2014 12:44 PM

    Cutcliffe would make sense for Louisville, but not for Cutcliffe–just a lateral move for him.

  3. rocketmcstonebreaker says: Jan 5, 2014 12:47 PM

    I believe Stanford DC Derek Mason has been mentioned as a potential candidate as well.

  4. teambringitstrong says: Jan 5, 2014 12:58 PM

    Mixed feelings about this move. A great move for Strong and I hope he’s ready. Lots of peripherals in regards to the UT program. Some of it is good, some of it is bad. Just hope it doesn’t turn out like Ty Willingham at ND. If he wins, it’s with Mack Brown’s recruits, if he doesn’t it’s with Mack Brown’s recruits or he’s not fit for the job. #PerceptionOfShallowPeople

  5. cleveland1980 says: Jan 5, 2014 2:12 PM

    As far as I am concerned, Ed Orgeron would be a perfect fit at Louisville.

  6. dcroz says: Jan 5, 2014 6:03 PM

    I think it would be a good job for Kirby Smart, though personally I think Vandy would be a better one for him should James Franklin leave for something else (and with the NFL and college jobs he’s being mentioned for, I’d be surprised if he’s still in Nashville by the end of the month, unless he’s coaching the Titans).

  7. jimbo75025 says: Jan 5, 2014 6:29 PM

    “Some of the names who have been mentioned as potential candidates include Duke head coach David Cutcliffe, Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris, Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi and Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart.”

    Cutcliffe-Great coach, but he is no spring chicken. I do not see him leaving Duke where he is becoming a legend (sad but true) for a lateral move

    Morris-Possible

    Narduzzi-Possible

    Smart-Like it or not he is going to ride Sabans coat tails all the way to a “top 10″ job. Sorry Cardinals fans.

    Petrino-makes sense, but if I were Louisville I would have a heckuva buyout attached and some pretty major morals clauses.

  8. couldntthinkofaname says: Jan 6, 2014 12:33 AM

    Very nice to see the class shown by Strong and Louisville towards each other. Strong did a great job for Louisville and turned them into a great program to watch. Louisville will always be his first HC stop. Both sides recognized that. I hope they get a good coach and best of luck to Strong at Texas.

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