Report: Charlie Strong turns down Tennessee

Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated is reporting that Louisville coach Charlie Strong has turned down Tennessee and is working out a contract extension with U of L.

Louisville and Strong are finalizing a long-term extension that could be announced as early as Thursday. It’s expected to be a significant commitment in both years and dollars and will reportedly put Strong in the top echelon of coaches in the ACC.

The Louisville extension ends Tennessee’s courtship of Strong, who had one brief meeting on Sunday with Tennessee chancellor Jimmy Cheek in Louisville. That was Strong’s only direct contact with another university.

“It was Charlie’s desire to end this constant speculation and re-commit long-term to Louisville,” said a source.

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