Strong hangs on to assistant coach

Charlie Strong wasn't the only football coach the University of Louisville was able to hold onto in recent weeks. Check out what other coach on the football staff was close to getting a head coaching position.

When University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong turned down an offer to become the head coach at Tennessee recently, he mentioned being loyal to his players and the continuity – and strength - of his coaching staff.

Well, Strong almost lost one of those staff members.

U of L running backs coach and special teams coordinator Kenny Carter interviewed and was a finalist for the head coaching job at Kent State.

The school hired former player Paul Haynes, who had been an assistant at Arkansas, on Tuesday for the position.

"It was an awesome experience for me," Carter said. "Charlie was fantastic throughout the whole process and honestly when they called me, I had no idea they were going to call. The search firm had already talked to Charlie when they called.

"There are only 120 (head coaching) opportunities in the world, so I had to look. It was a fantastic experience for me, but I do love it here."

Carter is in his third season with the U of L staff, coming to the Cardinals from Florida with Strong, and has 19 years of experience overall.

Carter, who played at The Citadel, has also had coaching stints at Furman, Pittsburgh, LSU, The Citadel, Penn State and Vanderbilt.

He's one of the coaches on the U of L staff that some college football insiders expected to get some head coaching looks because of his experience.

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