Strong concerned about recruiting impact

For now, the Big 12 will proceed in its rebuilding efforts without Louisville. While the Big 12 could come calling for UofL in the near future, Charlie Strong's immediate concern about remaining in a depleted Big East is recruiting.

For now, the Big 12 will proceed in its rebuilding efforts without Louisville.

That means Charlie Strong's football program will remain part of the Big East, a league that has lost three members (Syracuse, Pittsburgh and West Virginia), and a fourth that was set to join next season (Texas Christian).

While the Big 12 could come calling for UofL in the near future, Strong's immediate concern about remaining in a depleted Big East is recruiting.

"The reason why you worry is because (of) recruiting," Strong said. "In order to get the program to the level we need to get to we need to be in a good, solid conference. I just know this, where ever we end up, and I know this, we're going to end up somewhere because Tom (Jurich) and our president are going to do a good job finding the right place for us."

Until that happens, Strong will have to double his efforts in combating the negative recruiting tactics of rival coaches who will use Louisville's conference situation to their advantage.

"For recruits, they haven't said much yet. They don't really want to ask," said Strong. "But I think it's in the back of their minds because what teams do is hold it against you. We just have to make sure we take care of our business and when we get to that point we'll have to really address it."

With more conference re-shuffling [perhaps] looming around the country, Strong plans to keep his program focused on winning games and recruiting players capable of making Louisville a conference championship – Big East or otherwise – contending program.

"It looks like every week something different is happening," Strong said about the constantly shifting college landscape. "For us, the thing we can do is just keeping coaching and playing and stay focused on the task at hand. We'll let the administrators (handle) whatever conference we're going to end up in."

"At the end of the day, we still feel like we're going to end up somewhere," Strong concluded.


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