Charlie Strong, the Louisville coach who led the Cardinals to a BCS Bowl this year, is rumored to be the top target of Tennessee.
You know the rumor is a hot one when ESPN links to it on its front page. (A rumor to the Strong rumor: Tennessee is waiting to announce the hire tomorrow because Phillip Fulmer is entering the Hall of Fame tonight.)
The questions here are easy:
* Will Louisville pay up to keep Strong? The answer should resoundingly be yes. I thought Louisville moving to the ACC would help the Cards retain their coach, but perhaps the lure of the greatest conference in the sport will be too much.
* If Strong says no, what does Tennessee do? They swung and missed with Gruden. Do they make a run at FSU’s Jimbo Fisher, who appears to be signing an extension with the Seminoles? UNC’s Larry Fedora? Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy? Or will those schools announce extensions, too?