Charlie Strong leading candidate for Louisville job

By Adam Silverstein
December 2, 2009

Florida Gators defensive coordinator Charlie Strong is the leading candidate to become the next head coach of the Louisville Cardinals, numerous sources have told Pat Forde of ESPN.

Cardinals athletic director Tom Jurich has had no contact yet with Strong, sources said. Jurich told his counterpart at Florida, Jeremy Foley, that he will not interfere with the Gators’ preparations for the SEC championship game Saturday against Alabama. However, shortly after that game is over, Jurich is expected to contact Strong, and an interview could take place as early as Sunday.

With sources saying that Strong is “the clear front-runner” for the job, ESPN’s Chris Low reports that “assistants around the country are already lining up to try and get onboard with Strong at Louisville.” Should Strong leave, it will be the second time in as many seasons that the Gators have lost a coordinator and head coach Urban Meyer will need to find a replacement. Offensive coordinator Dan Mullen was hired as the Mississippi State Bulldogs head coach after the 2008 SEC Championship game. Like Mullen, Strong would likely stay on to coach Florida in their January bowl game.

Assistant defensive coordinator/safeties coach Chuck Heater and assistant head coach/defensive line coach Dan McCarney would be the leading candidates to replace Strong should he accept the job. One of the two could join Strong as his defensive coordinator wherever he winds up. Should a team like the Notre Dame Fighting Irish have any interest in Strong, they will have to act fast after the conference title game.


  1. c00klyn says:

    Blah, we all knew this was coming sooner or later. Totally a jealous sentiment but GREAT for Charlie. It’s about damn time he’s getting serious consideration for a head position.

  2. Mr2Bits says:

    Is he really going to go to one of the most racist areas possible? I think he is setting hiself up for failure to be honest.

  3. That’s what people said when Doc Rivers was considering the Boston Celtics job.

  4. will mason says:

    I hope he does go to Louisville.. Started a Facebook Group tonight to support him. Here is the link..

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