Jurich, Strong talks ongoing

One day after Florida lost the SEC Championship game to Alabama in Atlanta, Louisville AD Tom Jurich met with Gators defensive coordinator Charlie Strong to discuss the Cardinals open coaching position.

Jurich sought permission from Florida AD Jeremy Foley to speak with Strong and the two sides met Sunday in Gainesville.

Jurich was in Florida this weekend anticipating meeting with Strong and did not attend Louisville's basketball game against Charlotte in Freedom Hall Saturday or the Louisville women's basketball game at home vs. Utah Sunday afternoon.

Jurich waited until after Florida's regular-season ended before speaking with Strong out of courtesy for the Gators. ESPN.com's Pat Forde reported Sunday night that Jurich and Strong met for several hours but Jurich did not offer the job to Strong.

"We've got a little more work to do," Jurich told ESPN.com. "I know Florida wants to keep him."

Jurich is looking for a replacement for Steve Kragthorpe, who was fired one day after Louisville concluded a 4-8 season. Kragthorpe was 15-21 in three seasons at UofL and just 5-16 in Big East play. The Cardinals ranked last in the Big East in scoring offense and defense this year.

Multiple sources last week indicated that Strong was Louisville's number one choice to coach the Cardinals. Jurich told ESPN.com that the two sides will continue talking about the position over the next day or two. Strong will travel to Arkansas Monday for the Broyles Award ceremony on Tuesday.

Strong told the Gainesville Sun Monday morning that he will speak with Jurich about the job again today.

Strong, a finalist for the Broyles Award, given annually to the nation's best assistant coach, is long over due a major head coaching opportunity. His defense led the nation in total defense in 2009, and he was the defensive coordinator of two of the last three BCS national champions. Florida finished 12-1 this season after a 32-13 defeat against Alabama Saturday. Prior to that game, Florida's defense has given up just 118 points in 12 games this year.

Florida's Urban Meyer, who checked himself into the hospital early Sunday morning, addressed the situation between Strong and Louisville on the Sugar Bowl conference call Sunday evening. Meyer, according to the Palm Beach Post, said he was not sure if Strong would coach in the Sugar Bowl if he accepts the Louisville job. Meyer, according to the newspaper, acknowledged the possibility that Strong might not be with the Gators for long.

"I'm not sure, until a decision is made at the University of Louisville, then we have to sit down," Meyer said. "Both schools will have to be aligned with Charlie, if that should happen."

In other coaching news around the nation: ESPN.com reported Sunday that Virginia offered their head coaching job to Mike London. If Louisville hires Strong and Virginia tabs London, an African-American, it will be the fourth minority hires this off-season. Western Kentucky and Memphis both hired African-Americans for their jobs.

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