Strong not going to 'walk away' from Cards

The University of Louisville football team is just five games into the season but already coach Charlie Strong is rumored as a candidate for other jobs next season. Strong was asked about the rumors on a national radio show and then responded to local reporters after Wednesday's practice.

University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong appeared on the Jim Rome radio show Wednesday and responded to a question about his future.

Strong, a native of Bentonville, Ark., has been rumored to be on the list of candidates to be the next coach at Arkansas and Rome asked the third-year head coach at U of L if he would listen to the Razorbacks.

Strong came out with a response that sounded like he's committed to U of L.

"A lot of times we think the grass is greener on the other side," Strong said. "You don't walk away when you're building a program. And then I look at the players that I recruited here, so I told them to come here for me and for this university and then all of a sudden I get a shot to work somewhere else and I walk away from them?

"I'm just not cut like that."

After practice on Wednesday, Strong was asked to elaborate on his comments to Rome and said he didn't' want to focus on anything but his current team.

"We're five games into the season," Strong said. "He asked me the question and I answered it, but we're five games into the season.

"My focus right now is on this team. I only care about what I have now."

Strong said sometimes his players might "joke around" or ask about his future in a joking manner and he always tries to "nip it in the butt."

U of L athletic director Tom Jurich has said on several occasions that he would "do anything" within his powers to keep Strong as the school's coach.

Strong has also said he's thankful and wants to be loyal to Jurich and U of L president Dr. James Ramsey for giving him his first head coach job.

On the Rome show Strong added: "I am fine where I'm at, and I have a lot of backing here. My family's here, they love it here, so I'm pretty comfortable."

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