Louisville head coach and former Florida defensive coordinator Charlie Strong has been mentioned as a possible candidate to replace Joe Paterno at Penn State, but in comments to the Courier-Journal's C.L. Brown, Strong spoke in...well, strong terms about his desire to remain with the Cardinals.
"What our fans have to understand is you have a coach and we’re trying to build a program, so when all the noise in the system and all the rumors start, just don’t even focus on it," Strong told The Courier-Journal. "Don’t even turn your attention to it. Nothing is going to happen."
"At some point, just trust me," Strong said. "I’m not looking for a job. I have a job. I’m the head coach at the University of Louisville."
There's been a lack of hard reporting linking Strong to Penn State, but he remains a popular topic of Internet message board fodder thanks to his strong reputation from his days at Florida, where he worked with new Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and reported Penn State frontrunner Dan Mullen in winning two championships with the Gators.
Strong's Cardinals went 7-5 overall and 5-2 in the Big East this past season. They'll face N.C. State in the Belk Bowl on Dec. 27.