"I gave all the thanks to head coach Charlie Strong, defensive coordinator Vance Bedford and defensive line coach Clint Hurtt. They helped make me the player I am today. I want to thank Tom Jurich for bringing that staff in. I am so blessed right now and can't wait to get down there."
A smart up-and-comer would walk across broken glass to get the Miami job. It won't pay as much as other marquee jobs, and while the Hurricanes have earmarked money to improve their facilities, they still don't have the palaces other major programs do.
Another name to consider is Louisville's Charlie Strong. Strong has only coached the Cardinals for a season, but he took them from 4-8 to a bowl eligible 6-6, and they were competitive in every game except a 20-3 loss to Pittsburgh. That may not sound impressive, but Strong inherited a depleted roster. Plus, his name has instant credibility in the Sunshine State because of his work as Florida's defensive coordinator. He also probably would bring defensive coordinator Vance Bedford -- a well-connected recruiter in South Florida -- and assistant Clint Hurtt, a Miami alum who served as the Hurricanes' recruiting coordinator from 2007-09.
Tough loss. I believe in each one of you. We’re a really good football team, and you are a very special group of guys. If I had to do it all over again, I would go for it on fourth and inches. That’s how much I believe in each one of you.
Glad to be at big east media day. Been a fun day but ready to get back to work. I've never been picked last before so let's get this going
I wasn’t sure about U of L’s future until they hired Coach Strong. That showed me that they were serious about winning, and if you look at the guys he’s bringing in, he’s very committed.
Charlie Strong: What I'd like to see happen is when you walk out in that stadium, you can just feel the intensity....because you know we're going to put a good product on the field and we're going to play our balls off.