LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- With news that former U of L football coach Charlie Strong may be out at Texas, he could soon join a growing list of former Cardinals coaches to leave town and struggle elsewhere.
Dating back to 1972 when Lee Corso left U of L to become the head coach at Indiana University, only one coach who voluntarily left Louisville had a winning record the rest of his coaching career.
Here are the numbers, counting only coaches who voluntarily left Louisville and those who went on to other head coaching jobs:
Lee Corso -- Left Louisville in 1972
Northern Illinois: 4-6-1
Post-Louisville record: 45-74-3
Vince Gibson -- Left Louisville in 1979
Post-Louisville record: 17-17
Howard Schnellenberger: Left Louisville in 1994
Florida International: 41-56
Post-Louisville record: 46-61-4
John L. Smith: Left Louisville in 2002
Michigan State: 22-26
Post-Louisville record: 26-34
Bobby Petrino: Left Louisville in 2006
Atlanta Falcons: 3-10
Western Kentucky: 8-4
Post-Louisville record: 45-31
Charlie Strong: Left Louisville in 2013
Post-Louisville record: 16-20
Petrino remains the only coach since at least the 1970s to voluntarily leave Louisville and have a winning record for the rest of his career, although some would argue that his scandal-filled time in Atlanta and Arkansas was far from successful.
Strong could change that trend, though, if he succeeds in a future job.
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