Just when Louisville fans were getting back into the groove of having a successful football team, Charlie Strong has packed up his toys and headed for warmer weather. He has officially accepted the head coaching position vacated by Mack Brown. Strong accepted this position with Texas a little over a year after turning down a head coach position at Tennessee, stating that Louisville was his home and that he would be loyal to a program that had been loyal to him.
As a fan, I had hoped Strong would stay and build a legacy here. However, it is understandable for a coach to want a position with a storied program like Texas. Strong went 37-15 in his four year tenure at Louisville.
The new coach inherits a program that is making it's inaugural appearance in the ACC, which Louisville joins on July 1.
Several interesting names appear on the list of candidates who could replace Strong. Among them:
- Pat Narduzzi, Michigan State Defensive Coordinator
- Rich Rodriquez, Arizona Head Coach
- Chad Morris, Clemson Offensive Coordinator
- Derek Mason, Sanford Director of Defense
- Matt Wells, Utah State Head Coach