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Charlie Strong Sends Firm Message To Agents

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Andy Lyons

Last April, Louisville became the first program ever to not have a single player drafted from a team that won a BCS bowl game. With Teddy Bridgewater, DeVante Parker and a host of other next-level talent all eligible for the big leagues after this season, it's an occurrence that likely won't be repeated.

But fans and media members aren't the only ones aware of the NFL talent at U of L, and that's something that is concerning Charlie Strong.

According to Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated, Strong penned a letter to agents last week telling them to stay away from his players and his players' families until after the 2013 season.

"I will cut [the agents] off if they continue to contact them," Strong said. "At the end of season, I will make sure you have no chance to represent our players. Not that I'm being arrogant, but I want to put a statement out there: You continue to mess with our players, this is what we're going to do."
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"I don't want any contact until the end of the season," Strong said. "We're just trying to do it right. I don't want [players] to feel like I'm keeping them from talking to an agent. But I don't know why now, there's nothing an agent can do for them now."

Strong said he's frustrated with agents who are attempting to go through the players and their families and not through the Louisville program. He plans to hold a panel for his players to meet potential agents at the end of the season.

"My whole deal in dealing with it is how they're contacting the kids, instead of coming through the program," Strong said. "They're contacting a kid's parents in Florida or Georgia instead of us."

I wouldn't want to anger the man.