Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Charlie Strong turns down Tennessee head coach job, staying at Louisville.

It looks like the never-ending saga of the search for Derek Dooley's replacement as head football coach at Tennessee is going to continue for a little longer. Louisville HC Charlie Strong has reportedly turned Tennessee down, and will remain the Cardinals' HC. This according to Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel.

"Charlie Strong is staying at Louisville, according to a Louisville source. Strong received a contract offer from Tennessee on Wednesday, but declined it after pondering the decision for a few hours.

Louisville and Strong are finalizing a long-term extension that could be announced as early as Thursday. It's expected to be a significant commitment in both years and dollars and will reportedly put Strong in the top echelon of coaches in the ACC."

At this point, the Tennessee coaching search is turning into a farce. After being turned down by Jon Gruden and Oklahoma State HC Mike Gundy, Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart is going to have to pull a huge rabbit out of his hat to save face. And hiring disgraced ex-Arkansas HC Bobby Petrino doesn't count in that category.