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Familiar Sugar Bowl Foe for Strong

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NEW ORLEANS — University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong fully expects it to hit him early in tonight’s Sugar Bowl against Florida in the Superdome.

A split second when seeing the orange and blue and hearing the familiar play list of the Gators’ pep band triggers a flashback to some of the milestones from his 15 years on the Florida staff. His coaching debut as a graduate assistant, winning two national championships and even meeting his wife, Vicki, all occurred during his four stints in Gainesville.

“It’ll be something special,” Strong said. “... I’ll probably be in a daze for a second, but I still have to get my team — I’ve got to get refocused and get my team going also.”

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