Louisville fans had been down that road before, losing Howard Schnellenberger, John L. Smith and Bobby Petrino, all successful football coaches, to other head coaching positions.
Strong, unlike Petrino (the last coach to leave UofL for another job), who met secretly with Auburn officials after his first season and was a top candidate at LSU the following year before leaving for the NFL's Atlanta Falcons two years later, says he's committed to Louisville, the first school to give him a head coaching job after more than two decades as a top-level assistant coach.
"An athletic director hired me and gave me the keys to this program and I owe him a lot," Strong said of his loyalty to Tom Jurich. "I will never chase a job and I am totally committed to this job."
In his first season, Strong guided Louisville to a 6-6 record after the Cardinals went 4-8 in Steve Kragthorpe's final season. Strong also directed UofL to its first bowl game since the 2007 Orange Bowl.
"I can't see myself, when you talk about character, respect and sacrifice, walking out on a program after one year to go chase another job," Strong said. "I have a really good job and we want to build this program. I would never walk out on this program."
Strong's team will play Southern Mississippi in the Beef O Brady's Bowl in St. Petersburg, Florida next Tuesday.
"I have an athletic director who gives me everything and a president and community who believes in me," Strong said. "My job is right here to get this program turned around. Our first year we're going to a bowl game and we expect even better as we move forward with this program."
"I just know this...I'm locked into this job and this is where I want to be," added Strong.