Jurich, Strong Discussed Louisville Job In October

New U of L Football Coach Wows Churchill Downs Crowd

By Paul Sykes

University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong held an overflow crowd of Churchill Downs Turf Club members and guests in the palm of his hand during a three-hour meet and greet Wednesday evening.

Accompanied by his wife, Strong was greeted with a rock star ovation and literally had to fight his way to the stage to speak to the raucous and appreciative crowd.

Strong was introduced by Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich, who told the crowd:

  • The plan to replace Steve Kragthorpe as football coach intensified after former Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy repeatedly confirmed Jurich’s beliefs about Strong as the ideal candidate to take over Cardinal football.
  • U of L  maintained contact with Strong during his final season as Florida defensive coordinator. Strong told Jurich after the Florida vs. Arkansas game in October, “There comes a time when you have to make a change in your life and Louisville is the place I want to be.”

Strong told the crowd returning players are on a strict conditioning and workout routine under the guidance of strength coach Pat Moore, who was also in attendance. He guaranteed to the crowd “we will play hard. I can’t tell you how many games we will win our first year..but we will play hard in each and every one of them.”

Strong also went on to say that “I have never been anywhere where I have been so welcome. My family and me. People are honestly thankful I am here and that’s an incredible feeling.”

After his remarks, Strong worked the crowd, shaking hands, posing for photos and signing autographs. He was still hard at work when this attendee left at 9 p.m.

My minute of fame with Charlie tonight? A vigorous handshake and discussion of the fun appearance he had at the Parrish House on signing day. He will be back there this fall for a preseason analysis of how the team is doing in fall practice.

His words for me to share with our Card Game followers:

“Paul, tell them that I want them in the seats. Loud and crazy.”

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Paul Sykes

Paul Sykes owns Paul Sykes Advertising and does contract work for other advertising and publishing firms. The proud husband of Sonja, he has a fascination with bears, bars and Cardinal sports. He's also the moderator of CardinalCouple.blogspot.com

9 thoughts on “Jurich, Strong Discussed Louisville Job In October

  • February 25, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Thanks, Shannon! For those readers who haven’t visited Shannon’s web site..take a minute and click on it over on the Card Sites on the right.

    Shannon breaks down a scouting report for UofL sports better than the vast majority of us writers out there and covers the sports by season with great depth and commentary.

    Want to get to know your Cards baseball team better than Coach Dan? Just read Shannon’s reports on the BatCards at his site Cardinal Dominance..

  • February 25, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Just for the record, I am not worthy enough to hold Coach Mac’s jockstrap…….:->

    Coach Mac has forgotten more about baseball, than I will ever know……..

    You are too kind in your note on me, but all I can say is I try like hell!

  • February 25, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    That will be $25 each for the plugs, $50 from here on out.

    • February 26, 2010 at 7:19 am

      I am a poor boy Charlie……

      Can I work it off in slave labor?:->

      And what was you talking about that certain “lens” I should check into for my camera on facebook?

      I am all for tips on being better.

  • February 26, 2010 at 7:05 am

    Put it on my tab, Charlie. And add a round for all the great readers and posters who make this the site to check out forthe daily scoop on Cardinal sports.

    Be Strong, Live Strong….Charlie Strong.

    • February 26, 2010 at 7:16 am

      It is MY turn to buy Paul. You bought last time at the Parrish House.

      BTW, I have a new mobile number: (812)557-0883.

      I have yours in my contacts on my phone.

      Baseball and Football tailgates coming soon.

  • February 26, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    The football season would have not given me so much heartburn if I had known early that TJ was replacing SK instead of my just thinking he needed to.

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