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The official word from U of L is that there will be a press conference at 4 p.m. at the Brown & Williamson Club followed by a fan event at 5 p.m. No word yet on exactly what the fan event will entail, but I think I speak for everyone when I express my hope that Kragthrorpe pinatas will be involved.

Closure, people. It's healthy.

If you're going solely off the opinions of Florida fans, then the Louisville football program with Charlie Strong at the helm should be dominating both the Big East and the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony for the better part of the next decade. EDSBS offered up this yesterday.

Strong did nothing but create ballsy defenses, including the one carrying Florida to the 2006 title almost singlehandedly–a defense that, last year’s unit mentioned with no disrespect, may have been his crowning achievement since the ‘08 unit had such support from the offense. (Though the one game award may have to go to the BCS Title game last year, where Florida stymied what many considered one of the best offenses to ever take the field in the modern era.)

The opportunity is long overdue, and richly deserved. Now let us hug like men, though not too tightly in your case, lest a broken rib scar the memory of our parting. If Louisville gets nothing else by hiring a tireless recruiter and brilliant defensive mind, it gets a coach capable of demonstrating the benchmark weights in all exercises for incoming recruits all by himself. Vaya con dios, sir.

The comments below are equally flattering.

As noted earlier, Strong has made just one formal quote about the Louisville job, saying earlier: "It's a great opportunity for me. I think I'm going into a situation where I have great support and great resources to win. And it's also a good chance to build a program.''

My desire to shout out, "How do you plan on utilizing Rock Keys?" right when they open the floor for questions this afternoon is ridiculously high.

If you haven't checked out Eric Crawford's column yet, please do

Charlie Strong > Rider Strong

It's closer than you'd think.

The big thing to watch today is whether or not Strong will bring Billy Gonzales with him to take over as offensive coordinator. If he does, it'll be cool.

Strong piece from the Orlando Sentinel.

Easily the most excited I've been about Cardinal football in two years. If you're able, please head out to the stadium this afternoon and help welcome Coach Strong to The Ville.