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U of L president: "We'll do everything we can to keep Charlie Strong"

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Louisville, Ky (WDRB) -- University of Louisville head football coach Charlie Strong is denying that he interviewed for a coaching job at Auburn. U of L President Doctor James Ramsey appeared on WDRB in the Morning. He says the university will do anything it can to keep Strong.

"You want all your coaches and faculty to be successful and to be wanted. And we have said we will do everything we can to keep Charlie (Strong), but ultimately, that is a decision that Charlie and his family have to make. They have to want to be here. But we'll do everything that we can do to keep Charlie as our football coach," said Ramsey.

A Birmingham newspaper reported that Strong interviewed within the last few days.

The story indicated the interview may have happened over the phone.  Ramsey tells WDRB that to his knowledge no one from Auburn has asked to speak to Coach Strong.

Strong and other U of L athletic administrators are in New Jersey for tonight's game against Rutgers. If Louisville wins tonight, the Cards would get a share of the Big East title and would likely get the Big East berth in the Orange Bowl--a BCS game.

The University of Louisville was invited to join the ACC on Wednesday, so they have given the Big East a withdrawal notice. Ramsey is confident there are schools that will replace Louisville in the Big East, so they can leave early. U of L hopes to join the ACC in the 2014 season.

Big East membership rules were changed recently increasing the exit fee from $5 million to $10 million. Ramsey says the university will pay that money without dispute. He says they will more than make up that money with additional tv revenue with the ACC.

Joining the new conference has many benefits, according to Ramsey. He says it adds stability for the sports program along with a great history and tradition. He also says there is a "great fit" for all athletic teams. He explains that every program has a home in the ACC, which was not the case in the Big East. The ACC is also greatly respected for academics.

This is an exciting week for U of L sports. The first round of the NCAA women's volleyball tournament begins Thursday night at the KFC Yum! Center. The Cardinal team is one of the top-ranked in the country.

The U of L men's soccer team is in the Elite Eight in the NCAA tournament. They play Maryland on Sunday and could go back to the Final Four this year.

And the sixth-ranked U of L women's basketball team plays the University of Kentucky on Sunday at the Yum! Center.

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