Strong won't 'ever apologize for a win'

With his football team 6-0 heading into Friday's game against Central Florida, University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong answered questions about his team's performance to-date on Monday afternoon. Strong also updated the media on the status of two standout wide receivers with injuries.

With his team facing another stern test this Friday against Central Florida, University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong met the media on Monday.

And Strong got a good chuckle out of one question.

Peppered with questions about his team not taking advantage to impress the national media last week against Rutgers and the Cardinals' Associated Press ranking not moving this week despite moving to 6-0, Strong was asked if he felt like he "almost had to defend his team each week despite being undefeated."

"I know I have a good football team and don't have to defend who we are to anyone," Strong said. "We can only let our play speak for itself.

"And that's what I tell our kids, we just have to play. But with winning that's what comes with it (the outside chatter). And that's the way it is each and every day at Florida. When we were there it was something every day.

"But when you start building tradition and start winning, then the standard is raised. But hey it's great, I would rather have those conversations that sitting here and saying we are not a very good team and answering questions on how we're going to play this week. I'd rather be where I am at right now."

About half of the question during Strong's 30-plus minute news conference were centered around rankings, polls of living up to the hype.

Strong's response never swayed: "We will never, ever apologize for a win."

U of L is 6-0 for the second consecutive season after starting 9-0 last season when the Cardinals went on to beat Florida in the Sugar Bowl.

The Cardinals are ranked No. 6 in the USA Today Coaches poll and are projected to be No. 9 in the BCS Standings when released next weekend.

The first two seasons under Strong, U of L made it to a bowl game but had to wait until the latter part of the season to pick up that sixth win – which makes team bowl eligible each season. Now, the Cardinals are headed to a bowl after six weeks of the season for the second straight year.

"Four years ago, we go to Rutgers and win and I get a bucket of Gatorade dumped on me," Strong recalled. "We get our sixth win and we go to a bowl. Now, four years later we go 6-0 and beat Rutgers and it's not good enough.

"Everybody thinks we're going to go blow all of these teams out. Hey, we're undefeated and we're playing well."

**Strong said junior wide receiver DeVante Parker is still listed as "day-to-day" after suffering a shoulder injury against Temple.

"It's will be a game-day decision," Strong said of the team's leading wide receiver. "We're going to try and get him out one day at practice and if he can go out and practice then we're going to play him."

Parker missed last week's game against Rutgers.

Strong also said wide receiver Kai De La Cruz is "day-to-day" after suffering a groin injury in the second half against Rutgers.


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