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Louisville to the ACC: Will Louisville's Move Help Charlie Strong Stay?

LOUISVILLE, KY - NOVEMBER 12:  Charlie Strong the Head Coach of the Louisville Cardinals watches the game action during the game against the Pittsburgh Panthers at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Jon HancockSenior Analyst INovember 28, 2012

Charlie Strong has become one of the most well-respected and desired coaches in college football since he became the head football coach at Louisville.

Strong has led the Cardinals to three straight winning seasons, and will take them to their third straight this season.

With several SEC coaching positions opening this season—like Arkansas, Auburn and Tennessee— many believe Charlie Strong would leave Louisville for a higher profile position.

Wednesday, it was announced the Louisville will be heading to the ACC in 2014.

The question now is will this keep Charlie Strong in Louisville?

Louisville's athletic director, Tom Jurich, has said, many times, that he will do whatever he can to keep Strong.

Jurich told Jeremy Fowler of CBSSports.com:

I will match anybody's salary. I will match anybody in college. I will be supportive of whoever's here. Do they want to be here? When someone is being talked about, that's a complement to our program. I've had it where you have coaches, and they're not talked about.

Strong, when asked about conference realignment, has also said that he trusts Jurich to get the University of Louisville in the best situation.

Now, that Louisville is going to a better conference, Strong will have plenty of resources to build a top notch program.

 

Strong has already done a fabulous job at Louisville recruiting, but he, sometimes, had difficulties getting the most elite players to come play in the Big East conference. He won't have that issue anymore.

Louisville has also had issues moving up the BCS standings, regardless of their record.

Now, the Cardinals will play against tougher opponents and will have plenty of exposure on national television.

Strong also has one of the best quarterbacks in the country coming back next year in Teddy Bridgewater. It would be hard to believe that any coach would leave before seeing what a Heisman candidate can do.

Charlie Strong has said many times that he wants to stay at Louisville and build a great program.

"You don't just walk away when you're building a program," Strong told Jim Rome during a radio interview. "I look at the players I recruited here. I told them to come here for me and for this university. And then all the sudden I get a shot to go somewhere else and I walk away from them? I'm just not cut like that, Jim. I am happy where I am."

Whenever a coach like Charlie Strong has success you should expect rumors of leaving, but now Strong has everything he could ever want in a program.

Louisville fans should rest a lot easier now that they are in the conference they want and will have the coach they want for a little while longer.

 

Jon Hancock is a contributor for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained firsthand.

You can follow Jon on Twitter @JonKYSportsCo

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