Louisville has called a 4 pm ET press conference to announce the hiring of Florida defensive coordinator Charlie Strong.
Louisville officials were in Gainesville Wednesday morning to pick up Strong and take him back to campus. There, he will meet with the board of trustees.
Strong is expected to coach in the Sugar Bowl against Cincinnati. Considered one of the brightest defensive minds in the game, Strong comes to a program with an offensive heritage. However, after the disasterous three-year reign of Steve Kragthorpe athletic director Tom Jurich went straight for the best coach available.
The 49-year-old Strong said at last year’s BCS title game media day that he believed race was a factor in his not getting a head coaching job. Strong becomes the fourth African-American since Thanksgiving to be hired at a I-A program.