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Mon November 19, 2012
Cards Preparing for Home Finale vs UConn; Strong Comments on UT Vacancy, Realignment
After a week off, the University of Louisville football team returns to action this Saturday.
The Cards will host Connecticut in their last home game of the season.
U of L is coming off a disappointing loss at Syracuse, the first defeat of the season, but coach Charlie Strong believes his players have put it behind them.
"I said ‘guys, we’re 9-1, we won nine games up to that point, okay, so we’re not going to let a loss, all of a sudden, define our season for us. We’re not going to do that. So let’s move on, we’ve got two games left, let’s go get ready for these next two games,'" Strong said at his weekly press conference today.
U of L is in second place behind Rutgers in the Big East Conference standings. The Cards take on the Scarlet Knights in their regular season finale November 29 in New Jersey.
U of L’s success this season has coach Charlie Strong high on the speculation list for coaching vacancies at other schools. One high profile job that just opened up is at Tennessee, which fired coach Derek Dooley Sunday. Strong laughed when he was asked if anyone from UT has approached him about the job.
"No, I have not heard from Tennessee.......We have two games left. Alright? We have two games left. I can’t worry about nowhere else, can I? We got to take care of our business here."
U of L Athletic Director Tom Jurich has said he’s prepared to match any school’s salary offer to keep Strong in Louisville.
Strong also said he's not caught up in the latest conference realignment talk. Rutgers officials are expected to announce this week that the school will move from the Big East Confernce to the Big Ten Conference. Strong says he trusts the U of L administration to put its athletic programs in the best position.