Dear Mr. Strong,
While it may or may not be true about you taking the Texas job, I would like to discuss the odd predicament every Louisville fan is experiencing.
First and foremost, let me say that I don't hold any ill will towards a man trying to better his life or the life of his family. Now I understand that Texas has a deep tradition in football, and resources that are unmatched in the college landscape, but exactly when is enough, enough? The University of Louisville has compensated you well, and expects less from you. Your family appears to be happy in our city, and has been welcomed by our community. You've built Louisville into a top 10 program, coming off a 12-1 season, and heading for the ACC. So, is it really about the money? Is it really worth uprooting your family? Is it worth higher expectations?
Secondly, you've tossed a word out quiet often that holds a significant meaning: Loyalty. When you were getting passed up for head coaching jobs is the South, was it not Jurich who gave you a chance? And when you lost to Marshall in your second year, didn't Tom give you a contract extension? And when you used Tennessee as leverage, did Jurich not give you a sizable raise? To me, Tom Jurich and the University of Louisville have been more than loyal. Even if you plan on not accepting the Texas job, don't you think a University that's been extremely generous to you deserves some type of information about meetings, interviews, and such?
Speaking of loyalty, what about the players (and the fan base) that bought into your message? Your heart is in Louisville, and there's a job to be done. Those are your words from a year ago. You've built a program here with great young men, and inspired a fan base to believe again. When the odds were against you in New Orleans, did the fans not pack the stadium? And when you were in Orlando last week, was it not red enough for your liking? Look, I understand Texas seats 100k, but you have an entire city that respects you here. Not just because you're a great coach, but because you're a great leader.
We believed in you when no one else did. We respected you because you did things the right way. We admired you for being a man of such strong character, unlike some coaches of past...
But that's all changed. No matter how this pans out, you've lost one key element that made you so special: Trust. If you leave, it just proves everything you said about your heart being here, being loyal, family, etcetera, was all a damn lie. If you stay, everyone will be waiting for the next offer, the next leverage for a higher pay check. This could all be cleared up, plain and simple, had you stuck with your word.
I wish I could say I'm not upset. I wish I could say good luck on your future endeavors. However, this Cardinal fan is past that...