Louisville football coach Charlie Strong appeared on The Jim Rome Show Wednesday afternoon and addressed the rumors of him possibly leaving U of L for another job after this season head on.
Charlie Strong appeared on The Jim Rome Show Wednesday afternoon and said everything possible to put the worst fears of the Louisville fan base to bed.
About halfway through the interview Strong was asked about the likely coaching vacancy at Arkansas, the state where he was born, and the talk that he is one of the top candidates for the job. The two-time Card Chronicle Man of the Year answered the question candidly.
"You don't just walk away when you're building a program," Strong said. "I look at the players I recruited here. I told them to come here for me and for this university. And then all the sudden I get a shot to go somewhere else and I walk away from them? I'm just not cut like that, Jim. I am happy where I am."
When discussing the rationale behind staying at Louisville as opposed to jumping to a higher-profile program, Strong again reiterated that it was about returning the loyalty originally showed to him.
"The Athletic Director (Tom Jurich) and President (James Ramsey) here gave me my first opportunity," Strong said. I owe it to them to uphold what we had talked about."
You can listen the full interview here.