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Charlie Strong has directed Louisville to a 5-0 start and No. 16 ranking in the USA Today/Coaches poll. As one of the hottest names in coaching right now, Strong has been mentioned recently as a candidate to replace John L. Smith at Arkansas next season.
Wednesday afternoon, Strong was a guest on the Jim Rome show, and the host asked UofL's coach this question:
"Your name has come up with regards to the Arkansas job, you're an Arkansas native…I know you'll tell me you're great where you are and you're only thinking about [Louisville]. But given your background, if that phone rings do you owe it to yourself to at least pick it up?"
"Jim, I alway say this. The athletic director and president here gave me my first opportunity. I know a lot of times your name comes up with these different jobs, but when someone reaches out to you I owe it to them to uphold what we've been talking about. The phone call may not ever come…When I got this job my name wasn't even in the mix with the Louisville job. I am fine where I'm at. I've got a lot of backing here and my family loves it here. I'm pretty comfortable where I'm at."
Rome followed up with this question: "When you say to me these are the people that gave me the opportunity, that means something to you, right?
"Oh, it does," Strong said. "A lot of times we think the grass is greener on the other side, but you don't just walk away when…you're building a program. Then I look at the players I recruited here. I told them to come here for me and for this university and then all the sudden I get a shot to go somewhere else and I walk away from them? I'm just not cut like that."
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Thanks Mike. Of course this is why we all love CCS so much. He's not your typical football coach. How many schools that passed on Strong are kicking themselves now. I know there were six openings in the $EC within two years of Strong taking the job here. So glad they passed on him.
He said in the past UofL will not be a stepping stone job. I really think this is a plus in the expansion column. Makes UofL even more attractive that it can keep a hot name coach IMO.
This post was edited by caGdawg 18 months ago
This is why I will back and support Coach Strong no matter whatever he decides. We are lucky to have a man like him running our program. He is a winner and a man others respect in one.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by KirkUofLGrad 18 months ago
Just start building the Charlie Strong statue next to the Schnellenberger complex. The man will be a coaching legend for THE University of Louisville!
This post was edited by CardBum 18 months ago
I am tearing up.
"Strike like lightning. Leave the thunder for those who like a loud roar!"
Me too! Reaffirms that we definitely have the right MAN at the helm! Charlie certainly restores my faith not only in coaches, but the future of our program and its impending success. Coach will have my full support no matter what from this day forward and not the 99.9% given before. Thank you Coach Strong! We love you and this community loves you! (insert man-crush theme music here) - DAWG
Sorry it's BS. We ll see. Time will tell!!
This post was edited by LUTHER22 18 months ago
. . .
I hope Strong is here for the long haul, granted he said the right things, but he has to prove it.
If it's BS then why even get on the show in the first place,he know's the question is going to be asked why be caught in a lie later on?
Recruiting. Not saying he's going to leave but his statements today were to quiet the Arkansas rumors so they don't hurt recruiting.
The User Formally Known As UofL3223 GO CARDS!!!!!
To be clear, are you saying what Strong said to Rome on his show today was BS?
Now I am officially worried
Evidently a few "insiders" believe CCS wants to leave. Personally, from a purely outside perspective, the overall character displayed by CCS in other facets isn't consistent with a person who would blatantly lie on a national radio show.
In that regard, calling his comments BS seems a bit harsh. Probably wouldn't say that to his face.
If he leaves he leaves. Life goes on.
We all know that if Uofl gets an invite to a new conference within the year ..he stays if not he's gone.. its that simple!
We want to think that he's different but he's not. He has an ego just like any other coach. Basically, a coach has to have an ego to be successful! Name one coach besides Tony Dungy that wasn't a self center a-hole.
And if you believe the insiders(which you should) he really wanted the A&M job last year. The guy is looking around plain and simple. And if I were him I would too! The BE is dead! College football has seperated between the halves and halves not and UofL is on the wrong side!
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by DirtyB 18 months ago
Well that is not good.
One of the first characteristics that one notices about Charlie Strong is his character. He has not violated that perception of him one time since we've come to know him here at UL. Therefore, when he speaks, I trust in what he says.
Until he shows me that he's not who I believe him to be, I'll believe what he says.
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