Card's coach Charlie Strong to stay at UofL reports Sports Illustrated


by WHAS11

Posted on December 5, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 6 at 12:31 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- It looks like head football coach Charlie Strong will stay in Louisville, according to Sports Illustrated. Strong had been rumored as a front runner for the University of Tennessee coaching position.

Strong is holding a meeting with players and the media Thursday morning at 8 a.m. according to University of Louisville.

On Wednesday afternoon WHAS11 learned that the University of Louisville was working on a new contract for football coach Charlie Strong yet it is unclear whether Strong has decided to stay at Louisville or accept an offer from UT.

CBS Sports reported that the University of Tennessee coaching job has been offered to Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy. That follows an ESPN report that Charlie Strong was UT's top choice and a report by Yahoo Sport's Pat Forde that UofL was still confident that Strong would stay here.

Strong left his future up in the air on Monday when he was asked whether he could put the rumors to rest.

At the practice facility Wednesday morning, Cardinal players said they had not been told anything one way or the other. Athletic director Tom Jurich however has always said that the University of Louisville would match anyone else's offer for Strong.

Just last year in Strong's second season UofL agreed to a new seven-year contract that raised his base salary from $1.6 million to $2.3 million. That contract runs through 2018.

WHAS11's Joe Arnold asked former Louisville football coach Howard Schnellenberger who left Louisville for Oklahoma in 1994 what it's like behind the scenes.

Having coached at four different universities and interviewed for jobs that people don't know about, Schnellenberger says every negotiation is different, it can take months or days. 


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