When Charlie Strong turned down Tennessee to stay at Louisville, he told reporters on Thursday that it was his way of thanking the school and athletic director Tom Jurich for their faith in him.
“He gave me my first chance to be a head football coach after being an assistant for 27 years. I was always on everyone’s short list, but Tom let me know from the very beginning I was the only one on his list,” Strong said. “His unwavering loyalty in me and my vision has always been there.”
Here’s what Strong didn’t say: “I didn’t want to go somewhere else and get Embree’d.”
Strong is living proof that the prospects for African Americans who want to be college head coaches are getting better … and proof that they’re just as lousy as they’ve always been. No, honestly, it’s both.