Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Colleges

Strong gets new deal from Cards

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A day after turning down the coaching job at Tennessee, Charlie Strong agreed to an extension with Louisville on Thursday.

Terms were not disclosed. But espn.com reported it is for eight years. Strong currently makes $2.3 million per season.

"It was the best decision to stay here, continue to build a program and fulfill our dreams on the football field and in the classroom," he said. "The stability of this program is always going to be solid, and they're going to do everything to make this one of the best programs in the country."

Strong, 52, is 24-14 in three seasons. That includes 10-2 this season, a Big East title and a berth in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2 against Florida, where he was previously defensive coordinator. Last week, athletic director Tom Jurich vowed to beat any offer.

The Vols offered $3.5 million per year, espn.com reported. Strong said he was leaning toward accepting but cited Louisville's commitment to him last season, when he received a seven-year extension despite being 2-4.

"It became clear to me that it was best to stay in Louisville," Strong said. "We haven't finished the job yet."

More coaching news

Auburn: Ellis Johnson, fired as Southern Miss coach last month after going 0-12, was hired as defensive coordinator under new coach Gus Malzahn. He has been defensive coordinator at South Carolina, Clemson, Alabama and Mississippi State.

Colorado: Cincinnati coach Butch Jones rejected an offer to become coach, espn.com and the Associated Press reported. The Denver Post reported he was offered five years and at least $13.5 million. Colorado AD Mike Bohn didn't return messages seeking comment.

Texas: President Bill Powers said coach Mack Brown has his "full support." The team is 21-16 over the past three seasons.

Wisconsin: Former offensive coordinator and current Pitt coach Paul Chryst is not a candidate for the coaching vacancy. Athletic director Barry Alvarez said it's not appropriate to hire him away after just one season with the Panthers. Alvarez did not name any candidates.

ACC says it's unified

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The leaders of the 15 ACC schools said they're not considering moving to another conference.

Those signing the joint statement included Syracuse and Pittsburgh, set to join in 2013, and Notre Dame and Louisville, who have not determined when they will join.

"Speculation about schools in negotiations or considering alternatives to the ACC are totally false," the statement read. "(The schools) are united in our commitment to a strong and enduring conference."

SEC honors: Dante Fowler, a Lakewood High grad, was one of four Gators named to the coaches' all-freshman team. Joining him was fellow defensive end Jonathan Bullard, linebacker Antonio Morrison and offensive tackle D.J. Humphries.

Big East honors: Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and Rutgers linebacker Khaseem Greene were named offensive and defensive players of the year. Strong and Rutgers' Kyle Flood were named co-coaches of the year.

Times staff writer Antonya English contributed to this report.

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