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.