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Why in the name of Gen. Neyland would Charlie Strong leave Louisville for UT? • He has an adoring fan base• The expectations at UofL are realistic• Louisville is joining the ACC where they can actually qualify for the NC when the "Final Four" format kicks in• He has shown he can win in the Big East and will win in the ACC• His already great recruiting will now have an additional sweetner with ACC membership• He and his family love Louisville, and the icing...• His AD made it clear that he was prepared to make him the highest paid coach in college football if that's what it took to keep him
Apparently, Charlie reportedly did what any sensible coach would do in these circumstances and talked to Tennessee, setting off a bidding war, which jacked up his compensation and added icing to an already delicious cake.
While I'm both a UT and UofL fan, my allegiance lies with UTas I grew up 15 minutes from Neyland Stadium. Still, as a college football fan, I applaud Strong for his reported decision to stay at UofL, if that is, in fact, what he ultimately does. Louisville has too long been a stepping stone for quality coaches, and it's refreshing to see someone hopefully put an end to that trend and elect to build a program, rather that choose to be a caretaker for Gen. Neyland's legacy.
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