LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Here's one last look at University of Louisville-Charlie Strong developments for the night, as a couple of significant reports have come out and I've heard from a several sources within U of L.
First, Yahoo! Sports' Pat Forde, whose sources are always well-placed, quoted a U of L athletic department source as saying, "Unless he's the greatest poker player of all time, I don't think he's going anywhere."
Jason Higdon, the FoxSportsNext regional recruiting analyst for the Florida area who goes back a ways with Charlie Strong, reported via Twitter tonight that, "Charlie Strong will announce Wed he is staying with Louisville."
Both of those are guys who are connected, and their reporting seems to solidly point to Charlie Strong not leaving U of L for Tennessee.
But earlier in the afternoon, there were some reports out of Knoxville that Strong could be announced as early as tomorrow. This evening, ESPN published a story saying Strong was the leading candidate, and some sources even began to report contract terms.
Nobody I talked to within the University of Louisville could talk with any degree of certainty (or for the record), but the tone was optimistic. Two administration sources said they believe some discussions about tweaking or enhancing the coach's contract had occurred, but couldn't characterize how in-depth or advanced those had been, and were not personally involved in any such discussions.
One athletic department source who had spent time with Strong today said, "I really don't think he is going anywhere. I could be way off, but I don't think anything will come of this."
Of Strong's comments in Monday's news conference, the source said, "He's honest to a fault."
Defensive line coach Clint Hurtt took to his Facebook page to reassure fans that coaches have been on the road recruiting without a thought toward other programs. "Myself and 6 other coaches are on the road away from our families kicking --- recruiting to keep bringing players to Louisville no place else so I myself wish people would relax."
I'd only caution that, with checkbooks this hefty involved, things can always change. Strong is expected to speak to his team at a previously scheduled bowl meeting on Wednesday.