Keeping Charlie Strong keeps U of L’s streak going

Click the image to see the video of Strong’s press conference this morning.

Charlie Strong’s decision to spurn Tennessee and stay at Louisville is another feather in the Cards’ cap. In the past week, U of L has gained admittance to the ACC, beaten Rutgers for the Big East title, earned a Sugar Bowl invitation and kept its head football coach from jumping to the SEC.

In the end, my friend Rick Bozich was correct. Strong decided it would be better to stay at U of L, where the Cardinals should have a dynamite team next year, than take a chance on the fading program in Knoxville. It isn’t just Strong returning to Louisville; it’s Teddy Bridgewater, DeVante Parker, Jeremy Wright, Senorise Perry, etc.

Where does this leave Tennessee? No Jon Gruden. No Bob Stoops. No Mike Gundy. No Charlie Strong. There are rumblings that the Vols have now targeted Nebraska’s Bo Pelini, the coach who just gave up 70 points to Wisconsin, whose coach Bret Bielema was just named head coach at Arkansas. Bobby Petrino is still waiting by the phone, by the way.

Meanwhile, Knoxville News-Sentinel columnist John Adams is glad Charlie Strong is not coming to Tennessee, but not for the reason you might think.

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  1. operationruse says:


    Not to nitpick, but Louisville only won a share of the Big East football conference with three other teams, including a UCONN team that only won five games on the year (all in conference). A little perspective is all we UK football fans ask.

  2. StoopsDupes says:

    Hey Ruse, what kind of perspective do you want? Louisville did beat Rutgers to win the Big East title. Does it count less if it is won by tiebreaker? They did receive a bid to the ACC. They are going to the Sugar Bowl. They did keep their coach from going to Tennessee. Do these facts need qualifiers?

    BTW, UConn did not tie for the Big East title and did win games outside of the conference, including a victory at Maryland. Get your facts straight!

  3. sunnybeaches says:

    And what, John, is the reason “you might think”?