U of L athletic director Tom Jurich said the University of Texas has not asked for permission to speak with Charlie Strong.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – University of Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich said Tuesday night that the University of Texas has not asked for permission to talk to Cardinals' football coach Charlie Strong on a day when multiple news organizations reported that Strong had emerged as a top candidate for the Longhorns' job. One, the Texas web site Orangebloods.com, says Strong interviewed for the job Tuesday.
Jurich said that he did receive a call from Texas athletic director Steve Patterson Tuesday morning. "I returned the call 10 minutes after he called me," Jurich said. "He never called me back."
Jurich is in Colorado on a family vacation. Strong did not return a text message Tuesday night asking for comment.
Asked if he was concerned that he might lose Strong to Texas, Jurich said, "I don't know. I hope he's our coach. He's been a great coach here. I really believe we've got one of the top jobs in the country with everything in place that you need to win. And now we're going into a great league (the Atlantic Coast Conference)."
Jurich said he was uncertain if Strong has serious interest in the Texas job.
Strong has won 23 games during the last two seasons at Louisville and defeated Florida (Sugar Bowl) and Miami (Russell Athletic Bowl) in bowl games over the last 12 months.
The Texas job opened earlier this month when the Longhorns forced Mack Brown to resign after 16 seasons, 158 victories and a national championship. It is considered one of the top five jobs in college football, one that could pay at least $5 million per season.
OrangeBloods.com reported that on Tuesday Patterson flew to an undisclosed location to interview Strong. The report said that Strong received a solid recommendation from the search firm that is assisting Patterson with the hire. Jurich said that he did not know if the interview took place.
Strong returned home to Louisville with the football team from Orlando, Fla., on Sunday and has reportedly been in town this week because it is a dead period for recruiting.
Vanderbilt coach James Franklin, Mark Dantonio of Michigan State and Art Briles of Baylor are considered three other serious contenders for the job.
Strong has been at Louisville for four seasons. He turned down an opportunity to coach the University of Tennessee in December 2012.