The Louisville Cardinals have become one of the top teams in the country over the last few seasons thanks to the work of head coach Charlie Strong. In four seasons, he has taken the Cardinals to a bowl game each year, including the BCS in the 2013 AllState Sugar Bowl. The program’s rise made them a popular candidate for conference expansion and they are set to join the ACC in 2014. But with reports of Strong set to take the coaching position with the Texas Longhorns, are the Cards in store for a rough transition next season?
There was already going to be some growing pains for Louisville moving from the AAC to the ACC after star quarterback Teddy Bridgewater decided to skip his senior season to enter the 2014 NFL Draft. But Strong has proven himself to be a great coach capable of building a consistent winner and had the strong hand the program needed to make the transition without their best player. Strong’s ability to recruit, coach, and motivate players gave the Cardinals confidence as they pushed forward into a new conference landscape.
But without Strong, Louisville faces all kinds of unknowns going forward on top of the challenge of preparing for the ACC for the first time. They need to break in a new quarterback, take on a more difficult conference schedule, and now have to find a new coach with the ability to guide the team through some rough waters in 2014. They will have to find a coach willing to tackle that challenge who is capable of keeping the team together through what figures to be a somewhat tumultuous offseason.
Charlie Strong was going to be the foundation for Louisville moving forward into the ACC. With him now possibly moving on to Texas, can the Cards still make an impact in their new home in 2014?