Louisville Football: Top 5 Replacements for Charlie Strong

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Louisville Football: Top 5 Replacements for Charlie Strong
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Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich confirmed Sunday what had been reported over the past 36 hours: Head coach Charlie Strong was headed to Texas.

It's a tough loss for the Cardinals and a good, albeit interesting, acquisition for the Longhorns. Strong resurrected a Louisville program that had slipped under former coach Steve Kragthorpe, winning 37 games in four seasons. Strong is an excellent defensive mind and a relentless recruiter. 

It will be fascinating to see how Strong fits at Texas, but don't expect the 'Horns to give up 550 yards rushing—like they did to BYU this season—anytime soon. 

But Louisville should be fine post-Strong. Jurich is regarded as one of the best ADs in the country and money is not an issue for the Cardinals, who will enter ACC play for the first time in 2014. 

Louisville is a good job, and it can get an excellent coach out of all of this. Here are five directions Jurich may go with his coaching search. 

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