Louisville coach Charlie Strong met with players at the Cardinals’ football facility Wednesday afternoon, but didn’t answer the swirling questions about his future, according to multiple reports from Louisville media.
A group of reporters were camped outside the building, waiting for a conclusion to a story that has pitted two schools and involved millions of dollars.
Strong has an offer to be Tennessee’s next head coach, but also discussed a new contract with Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich today, according to reports. Strong currently makes $2.3 million annually, and is line for a sizeable raise regardless of his decision.
Players were directed not to speak about this afternoon’s meeting, but multiple reporters tweeted that Strong told players he had not made a decision about his future. Eric Crawford, a reporter for WDRB in Louisville, said Strong told players he would meet with them before the talking to the media Thursday morning.
Louisville center and Rimington Award finalist Mario Benavides tweeted after the meeting: “All I'm gonna say is I'm not worried about my coach..we are a family.”
Meanwhile, Volquest.com reported that Dave Hart had returned to Knoxville late in the afternoon in a corporate jet registered to Pilot. The jet’s tail number is blocked from plane-tracking websites.
Strong, 52, is a native of Arkansas who had stints as a defensive coordinator at Florida and South Carolina before getting his first head coaching job at Louisville. The Cardinals (10-2) will represent the Big East in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2, but are moving to the ACC in 2014.