Sun January 5, 2014
Tom Jurich Launches 'Wide Open' Search For New Louisville Cardinals Football Coach
University of Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich says he’ll work as quickly as possible to find a replacement for outgoing football coach Charlie Strong.
Strong is leaving U of L after four seasons to become the head coach at Texas.
Without mentioning names, Jurich said Sunday he has a short list of candidates in mind, but the search is “wide open.”
"I’m a big person that believes in fit. So I want somebody that fits here. You always say you want somebody who wants to be here. Does that mean five minutes, five years , five days? I want somebody who will look at this job now as a true destination job,” he said.
U of L will begin play in the Atlantic Coast Conference next season and Jurich says he wants a new coach in place as soon as possible for the transition.
Some speculated candidates include U of L offensive coordinator Shawn Watson, former U of L coach Bobby Petrino and Arizona’s Rich Rodriquez.
Jurich says he and Strong had a face-to-face meeting Saturday night. He thanked the coach for rebuilding the Cardinals football program on and off the field, and says he respects his decision.
“I understand it. It was a dream of his and he’s certainly earned it, and I wish him nothing but the best. I will always consider him a very, very close friend.”
Strong compiled a 37-15 record in his four seasons at U of L, taking the Cards to bowl games each year.