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Charlie Strong joins long list of coaches to struggle in their post-Louisville career

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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

Indiana: 41-68-2

Northern Illinois: 4-6-1

Post-Louisville record: 45-74-3

Vince Gibson -- Left Louisville in 1979

Tulane: 17-17

Post-Louisville record: 17-17

Howard Schnellenberger: Left Louisville in 1994

Oklahoma: 5-5-1

Florida International: 41-56

Post-Louisville record: 46-61-4

John L. Smith: Left Louisville in 2002

Michigan State: 22-26

Arkansas: 4-8

Post-Louisville record: 26-34

Bobby Petrino: Left Louisville in 2006

Atlanta Falcons: 3-10

Arkansas: 34-17

Western Kentucky: 8-4

Post-Louisville record: 45-31

Charlie Strong: Left Louisville in 2013

Texas: 16-20

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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