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Longtime Gators assistant spending his final nights as Urban Meyer's defensive coordinator

GAINESVILLE -- Florida Gators defensive coordinator Charlie Strong will be introduced as the new head coach of the Louisville Cardinals on either Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning, the Miami Herald has learned.

According to a team source, Strong has accepted an offer and all that remains is a formal meeting of the Louisville Board of Trustees to approve the hire. According to ESPN.com, that meeting is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday. According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, Strong was Louisville's top choice to replace fired coach Steve Kragthorpe. 

Strong was the Gators' top recruiter and his familiarity with the region will be missed. It's unclear whether or not Strong will attempt to hire UF recruiting coordinator Billy Gonzales as Louisville's offensive coordinator, as has been rumored on message boards. Gonzales is the Gators wide receiver coach and well respected throughout the industry. He recruits Palm Beach and Broward counties.

The loss of Strong is another blow to the stability of the Gators' coaching staff. Meyer lost his offensive coordinator last season as well as his tight ends coach. After the 2007 season, Meyer had to replace assistant Doc Holliday (West Virginia assistant head coach), a longtime recruiter of South Florida, and defensive line coach Greg Mattison, who is now the defensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens.

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YEAH BUDDY

Strong will be missed, good defensive mind."

Good for Charlie - he's been passed over far too many times for lesser qualified coaches. He was long overdue. Best of luck and thank you for not going to another SEC team that we play against (Spurrier, Mullen, etc.)

Good luck Charlie . . . glad you're in the Big East and not the SEC.

Yeah good to see that UF is on the decline too! Congrats strong!

Congrats to Charlie, he deserves it.

You all saw what happened when you lost your offensive coordinator this year (stagnation and no imagination(c teabag run)).
ALABAMA chewed up your defense that had returned all 11 starters.
Now, just imagine your defense next year with no charlie 'WEAK', no brandon 'eye gouger' spikes, and no carlos 'frank the tank' dunlap.

Central Florida is on line 1, FAU is on line 2, wanting to schedule a game, and Charleston Southern is on line 3 wanting a rematch with u cry babies.

Hey Jo, wipe that crap!

NOT LOOKING GOOD! HA! HA HA! HAHAHAHA!

Losing Strong is a big hit, but losing Billy Gonzales would be even worse. Strong is the backbone of the D and the finisher in recruiting, but Gonzales is the one who brings the recruits to Florida. It will be tought to overcome this but hopefully Urban has persons in mind.

Congrats and good luck to Charlie...I don't think it will be hard to attract a suitable replacement at UF. We have a strong base of current and in coming athletes to help rebuild the defense with a head coach who really focuses on D

Good luck to Charlie. Gators will be fine without him. All you stupid cane "fans" out there realize when we lose coordinators it's because we are very good and other teams want some of what we have. When you lose coordinators it's because you suck badly and they are FIRED for a lousy job and to cover up for a recruiter turned coach who is mediocre.

305 , it's because they are going down hill.Strong knows it and anyone with brains is going with him.

Stop hatin. Jeremy. Cream puff

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