It was like he knew the question was coming.
And when it did, University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong laughed off a report that had him connected to coaching in the National Football League.
Strong was mentioned in a NFL advisory board report as one of the potential top minority coaching candidates for franchises to look at in the offseason. The report over the weekend and was reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter.
"I've never, ever thought about the NFL," Strong said on Monday. "I've always been around the college game and always enjoyed watching young people grow and develop and . . . recruiting them and seeing them, each and every year they mature and grow up. That's all I've ever been around."
Shefter said it would be "an upset" not to see Strong's name mentioned as a top candidate when jobs become open in the NFL.
"Rumors always start this time of the year," said Strong, noting that "my focus is on South Florida."
Strong is in his fourth season at U of L and has a record of 31-15. He came to the Cardinals after a stint as the defensive coordinator at Florida.