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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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