Charlie Strong Worthy of New Deal With Louisville

By Steve LeMaster

Sources are saying Louisville will reward loyal head coach Charlie Strong with a new eight-year contract through 2020. These days, countless fans of the Cardinals have been saying, “you’re a good man, Charlie Strong.”

After guiding Louisville to a 10-2 record, a share of the Big East Conference championship and a BCS berth in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, Strong was courted heavily by Tennessee. Auburn was also interested in the Louisville head coach. A $3.5 million annual contract surfaced as Tennessee’s offer to Strong. Still, Strong opted to stay in Louisville. Remaining loyal to Louisville, Strong is set to be rewarded.

Louisville is preparing to meet Florida in the Sugar Bowl. In his third season as Louisville head coach, Strong captured the 2012 BIG East Coach of the Year award. After guiding the Cardinals to a school-record 9-0 start, Strong took Louisville to its second consecutive conference championship with a victory over Rutgers in a regular-season finale.

Last year, Strong received a seven-year contract that paid him $2.3 million per season. The Louisville Cardinals’ head coach has always had a strong relationship with Louisville AD Tom Jurich.

Thus far in his tenure at Louisville, Strong has guided the Cardinals to three bowl appearances and two league championships. Prior to earning his first job as a head coach at Louisville, Strong spent 27 seasons as an assistant coach in the college ranks.

Strong will lead Louisville into the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2014. Louisville announced its plan to move from the Big East to the ACC last week and that choice factored into Strong’s decision to remain Louisville’s head coach.



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