Take everything you read today about Charlie Strong and Texas with a grain of salt. There’s any number of agendas, biases, and miscalculations that will shade whatever those on both sides claim.
With that out of the way, a spokesman for the University of Louisville described Strong as “undecided” about accepting Texas’ offer to become their next football coach. It was reported earlier in the day that Strong spoke with his coaching staff and wishes to meet with Louisville AD Tom Jurich face to face.
However, that meeting cannot take place today as Jurich is stuck in Colorado due to inclement weather conditions. Strong may simply be waiting to tell Jurich the news in person, or he might be open to a counteroffer. In either case, we won’t know for certain until Sunday at the earliest.
While Louisville paints Strong as feeling 50/50 about leaving, it’s important to remember what they have at stake. If they appear to stay in the running for Strong, the AD and the department come off a lot better than if instead Texas merely walked in and plucked their head coach.
At the same time, the reports stating that Strong is indeed expected to accept Texas’ offer originate from sources within the Longhorns athletic department. They too are suspect.
While Strong has left a big program at the alter before — he came close to accepting the head coach position at Tennessee in 2012 — it seems unlikely that he would do so now. When a coach teases multiple big programs without making a move, other schools take notice. We’ll know within the next few days whether such is the case with Strong.