It has begun, the after season deliberations, the decisions, the chess moves that will affect the future of University of Louisville football.

Probably the best thing that hasn’t happened is that Charlie Strong may not have been the coach that the University of Texas was waiting on to complete his bowl game. Best to get these things done quickly for all involved but Sunday came and went without any announcement from Texas or the UofL coach. That doesn’t mean the process is over but it does provide some sense of relief for now.

Calvin Pryor, the hardest hitting safety at UofL in recent memory, declared Sunday that he will declare for the NFL draft. A first-team All-AAC performer, Pryor finished the season with 75 tackles, three interceptions, four pass breakups and two forced fumbles.

Lorenzo Mauldin, the charismatic junior end, has said he will stick around, as has Dominique Brown, UofL’s most productive running back during the past season.

Teddy Bridgewater, meanwhile, continues to deliberate, apparently wanting to talk with a few people, including his mom, his coach and at least a couple of NFL performers who had to make similar decisions. Loving where he is but taking his time, wanting to do the right thing. Whatever he decides will be right.

DeVante Parker, his favorite target, is apparently watching the NFL draft projections.

Charlie Strong obviously has it going at Louisville and will continue to be a target. Hopefully, he has a much larger goal in mind at UofL. Rebuilding football programs is an arduous task that gets old after a while.

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By Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.