Posted by Tom Fornelli
While I went over the emotions running through Starksville earlier today -- emotions athletic director Scott Stricklin is trying to soothe -- Mississippi State isn't the only school in the country worried that Urban Meyer's latest resignation will affect its football program. Louisville is also the home of a former Florida coordinator under Meyer, Charlie Strong.
Strong's name is likely to come up at some point during the coaching search, and Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich knows it. Which is why he's planning on doing whatever it takes to keep Strong in Kentucky.
“He brings everything to a job from A to Z,” Jurich told The Courier-Journal. “I will do everything in my power to make sure he stays because he is a perfect fit for this city and this university.”
Of course, just because Louisville wants to keep Strong, that doesn't mean it will be able to. The lure of coaching at Florida is a strong one, as it's easily one of the top jobs in the country, if not the best job in the country. Florida could also offer Strong a lot more money than he'll make at Louisville, which is always a nice card to play when luring a coach.
So even if Jurich does everything in his power to keep Strong, I'm not sure he has the power to pull it off should Gainesville come calling.