LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Charlie Strong is no stranger to great expectations. The man has coached at Florida, Notre Dame and South Carolina. He knows what it is like to be expected to win a conference championship. Or a national championship. 

The University of Louisville is the consensus pick to win the Big East football championship this season. But Strong says that dealing with expectations at Louisville are different than dealing with them at Florida, where he was part of two national championship teams.


"Within Florida, (expectations) were already built," Strong said. "The expectations are built. With (Steve) Spurrier, every year people thought you should go win the conference, go win the national championship. It's built within the program, it's part of the culture.

"You'd like to think this is a step that we're beginning to take where we're becoming part of the conversation and this is a step that we're beginning to take where when somebody says Louisville, they're no longer saying, ‘Not very good.' "

You know the way it works: If you're picked seventh and you win, you've overachieved and done a great job of coaching.

If you're picked first and you win, you were supposed to win.

If you're picked first and finish third, people are going to ask what went wrong.

"It's a different mindset because now you're picked to win," Strong said. "Expectations are there. Usually when you're playing from behind you're the underdog and nobody is giving you a chance.

"Now you're going to be the guy. People expect you to go win. It's going to take time just because we haven't been there and we haven't been consistent enough to deserve that ranking."

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