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Report: Strong Re-Working Deal With Louisville (Maybe)

For sheer silliness, there’s nothing better than a good coaching search to keep everyone entertained.  While the sideline reporter for Oklahoma State has reported today that Mike Gundy will stay in Stillwater and not accept Tennessee’s offer to coach the Volunteers, the word out of Louisville is that Charlie Strong is re-working his deal with the Cardinals.  Or not.

Adam Himmelsbach of The Louisville Courier-Journal tweeted the following a few moments ago:

 

 

 

 

 

 

But then a few minutes later he followed up with this:

 

 

 

 

 

So he’s either staying in Louisville… or “anything can happen at this point.”

We’re not picking on Himmelsbach.  This is the nature of coaching search coverage in the Twitter/messageboard age.  There’s more misinformation than ever before — either put out by schools, by bad sources, by wishy-washy sources, or by fans who simply want to mess with other fans’ heads.

The wild ride continues.  Thank God in heaven there’s just one more of these things left to cover.

(Oh, and yes, we continue to get emails stating that all of this has been Tennessee AD Dave Hart’s plan and that Jon Gruden will still be announced as UT’s coach.  Have to give that one the obligatory mention as Gruden-mania never dies in the Smoky Mountains.)

 

UPDATE – ESPN.com’s Brett McMurphy reports that Louisville is currently “working on extending Charlie Strong’s current 5-year deal” according to his sources.

 


7 comments
Clarence
Clarence like.author.displayName 1 Like

In the end, I think Larry Fedora gets this gig and I think he will do well.

VolTN
VolTN

 @Clarence I'm fine with Fedora as a backup to Strong. 

jrs5227
jrs5227

Bill Parcells will be the next UT Coach, Athletic Director and University President. You heard it here first folks!!

ChaseTheTrainWarren
ChaseTheTrainWarren like.author.displayName 1 Like

just heard a rumor that Slive is retiring and that Jon Gruden  is going to be the new SEC commissioner

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator

 @ChaseTheTrainWarren 

 

Made me laugh.  Many thanks.

 

And thanks for reading the site,

John

ChaseTheTrainWarren
ChaseTheTrainWarren

 @John at MrSEC no problem, i love the site

 

was wanting your insight on something.

 

with conference realignment, do you think if it was an 8 team playoff instead of 4 that it would throw a wet blanket on some of these moves?

 

while there were moves well before the 4 team playoff was announced, and all have more than just one reason, it feels like alot of these moves of late are vary knee jerk.

i understand why Big IIX, Pac 12, and SEC would agree to the format, why would the commissioner of the B1G, ACC, BIG East, Con- USA or Mac ever agree to a format that would hardly take one of there members. Even if it is temporary why let the possibility of your guys not getting in and give a huge boost to the argument that a team would need to get out of your conference to even get a shot at a national championship.

 

with four it feels like four super conference is a self fulfilling prophecy, while if there were eight spot i think teams would feel a little better with staying in a small pond, a small pond that is employing the person who just signed on to a format that makes his conference look irrelevant. 

 

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator

 @ChaseTheTrainWarren 

 

Not sure.  Interesting question.  You're correct that a lot of these moves are knee-jerk type moves.  

 

At first blush, I don't think the size of the playoff would slow too much of this stuff.  Ninety percent of these moves are being made for television revenue purposes.  Even if an eight-team playoff added X to the equation, leagues and schools would still want as much about X as they could get from a TV contract or their own league-owned networks.

 

Good question.

 

Thanks again for reading our site,

John



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