Charlie Strong

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Strong and Phillips Get Clear Messages

Wow. Can you imagine what Charlie Strong could have gotten from the University of Louisville if he had managed to win home games against Sun Belt Conference and C-USA schools?  If he’s getting a 7-year contract extension and a raise from $1.6 million to $2.3 million a year for going 2-4, imagine what Tom Jurich would have had to come up with if he’d actually won a few games. U of L announced today that Strong’s contract extends his deal through 2018, which is quite the vote of confidence. In fact, it’s in stark contrast to the “vote of confidence”…


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What Will Missouri Do?

Here’s Billy’s latest take on conference realignment, with an eye toward the big decision as to whether Missouri should move to the SEC or stay in the Big 12. By Billy Reed As a player, coach, parent, student, alum or just plain fan, this is the best of times to be involved with the Trinity High School football program. Even with six – six! – KHSAA classes, the Shamrocks are in a class by themselves. They are well on their way to an unbeaten – no, make that unchallenged — season that may stamp them as the best high school…


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Cards’ Momentum Comes to a “Thundering” Halt Against Marshall, 17-13

Louisville’s tune is quickly becoming one step forward, two steps back. After an invigorating victory in Lexington two weeks ago, the Cardinals weren’t able to muster the effort to take down an upstart Marshall team. The Cards gave up a 13-7 lead at halftime in an abysmal second half. UofL looked uninterested as they gave up 353 total yards to the Herd. Freshman quarterback Teddy Bridgewater showed more glimpses of greatness in his first half as a starter. Bridgewater made a 9 yard TD run in the second quarter that looked Vick-like. He also connected with Victor Anderson in the second…


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Future Cloudy for These Cards and For U of L

Argue with me if you want, but I don’t think U of L beats Kentucky Saturday if Will Stein doesn’t get hurt. Teddy Bridgewater isn’t polished, experienced or ready, but he’s shown that at least he can perform under pressure and that he’s got a big-time arm. Yes, the biggest question marks for the Cards, the offensive line and the secondary, came up big and assured the victory. And if you’re a UK fan, this third straight dismal performance has you looking around the country to see who the next hot coach is you might recruit. While TV viewers (OK,…


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Reinvigorated Cardinals Stun UK in Lexington, 24-17

Big Blue Nation meet Teddy Bridgewater. The true freshman quarterback showed why he was so highly touted Saturday night. Bridgewater took over the reins after senior Will Stein was injured in the second quarter. Despite the pressure of a packed Commonwealth Stadium, the freshman took the snaps in stride. With two touchdown passes and no turnovers, Bridgewater gave Louisville a glimpse into a very sunny future. Louisville was able to halt Kentucky’s offense with a stifling defense that forced Kentucky quarterback Morgan Newton into six sacks. Louisville’s front four were able to disrupt Newton all night long, making things very difficult for…


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Cards’ Worst-Case Scenario Turning into Reality

Reality bites sometimes. It was such a nice story for the U of L football team this year. Coach Charlie Strong, in his second season, seemed to have everything moving right on schedule. There have been no off-field problems with his players. Academics are important. Billboards on the interstates attest to the possibilities. A diminutive QB from Trinity is a surprising starter. The schedule is set up to build momentum toward Big East competition. But then, the reality is you still have to play the games. And this is big-time college football, and no matter how great the story is,…


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Louisville Edges Murray State in Ugly Fashion, 21-9

There is a lot of work for Coach Charlie Strong to do this week. Louisville football started the 2011 season off with a bang putting 21 points on the board in the first half and showcasing the potential behind its new offense. The defense was an even bigger star, holding Murray’s prolific air attack to just 148 yards and forcing two interceptions. That was about the only success the Cardinals had. Louisville was plagued by turnovers and penalties all night that kept the Cards from stringing together multiple scoring drives. After a successful start to the game things began to…


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Strong’s Second Season Won’t Be As Easy As the First

Every Cardinal Football fan out there will tell you that they were pleasantly surprised by last year’s Louisville Cardinals. By going to and winning the program’s first bowl since 2007, Charlie Strong was quickly able to assure the Cardinal faithful that he was a good choice. Heading into Coach Strong’s second voyage at the helm, the Cardinals find themselves in the familiar unknown. The upperclassmen that emerged as leaders for a lost team are now gone, and a much younger team is left behind. Louisville’s fate will rest on whether these talented youngsters will be able to step up. Strong…


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Media Day Sheds Light on Strong’s Second Year

The future continues to look bright with Charlie Strong at the helm of Louisville Football. The Cardinals hosted their Media Day event at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium today to a parade of good news. The overall message from the interview heavy event was all about Louisville’s future. Strong and his staff couldn’t stop buzzing about what the years to come will hold.  News that will certainly cultivate the hype about a program that desperately wants to return to its winning ways. While Coach Strong was the centerpiece of the show, a quote from Defensive Coordinator Vance Bedford stole the show. “It’s like I tell…


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Cardinals Can’t Finish off Irish in Overtime.

When the tip-off started the extra period, it quickly became clear that the Cardinals were done. Despite a strong 40 minutes, collapse was the word to best describe U of L’s effort in OT. Buzzed from an early three-pointer, the Fighting Irish scored 14 unanswered to begin overtime. Regulation and overtime looked like two completely different games. While it is another loss, the Cardinals hung tough in an extremely hostile situation and continue to prove their mettle. Junior Kyle Kuric led the Cards with 28 points, including an electrifying dunk to end the first half.  Kuric earned a technical for staring…