Though Charlie Strong is the top assistant for the University of Florida football team, and though head coach Urban Meyer stunned the college football world by announcing his resignation tonight, don’t expect Strong, now the head football coach at the University of Louisville, to head back to Gainesville.
University of Florida sources have told the Orlando Sentinel that Strong is not expected to be in the mix of potential successors to Meyer. [UPDATE: The Sentinel’s Mike Bianchi now citing sources saying that UF’s next coach will not be Strong, click the link to the story here.]
The fact is, Florida could have had Strong easily enough. While Meyer’s announcement is a shock, it also came after some deliberation with Florida leadership. If the Gators had wanted to tee Strong up as the replacement, they likely had ample opportunity.
And the fact remains that if Florida wants Strong if he’s a success at U of L, it will have plenty of opportunity to hire him in the future.
KUDOS to Pete Thamel of The New York Times. Plenty of people have interviewed Urban Meyer tonight, including several from ESPN. Nobody has written as detailed a picture as Thamel gives in this piece on Meyer’s reasons for resigning.