Mark Schlabach of ESPN recently published an article listing ten of the more underrated coaching jobs in college football. The Louisville job was one of gigs listed by Schlabach. Below is an excerpt.
Louisville: The Cardinals found success under former coach Bobby Petrino, and they seem close to finding it again under third-year coach Charlie Strong, who went 14-12 during his first two seasons. With West Virginia leaving for the Big 12, and Pittsburgh and Syracuse about to bolt for the ACC, there’s no reason the Cardinals shouldn’t become a dominant program in the Big East. Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich is committed to winning, and the school’s fan base seems to care about football a little bit more than Kentucky fans.
I’ve always thought Louisville was one of the more underrated jobs in the country. Especially since the Cards joined the Big East in 2005. Although the current conference situation is one of the only negative aspects of the job, having the opportunity to be the power-house of your league isn’t exactly a bad thing for a new coach.
Other than Steve Kragthorpe and Ron Cooper, all of the Louisville head coaches in the “modern era” have been able to find success in a relatively short amount of time. However, there hasn’t been a coach in the last twenty years that has stayed long enough to prove that Louisville can be a consistent top 15 program. Charlie Strong has the opportunity to change that.