Louisville AD Tom Jurich asked Charlie Strong just one question during initial interview
- by Doug Samuels 1 year ago
Louisville AD Tom Jurich sat down with reporters earlier today to talk about his initial interview with Charlie Strong back before officially bringing him on in board in December of 2009.
Jurich said that he did all of the homework that he could possibly do on Charlie Strong, including calling Urban Meyer and Tony Dungy to get their thoughts, so when it came time to ask questions Jurich had just one question and three rules.
Jurich drove up to Strong's house to meet the day after Florida had played Alabama in the SEC title game to sit and talk and told Strong that he had three rules before they got started. Number one was that he didn't want to see any books, because "all coaches carry around the same recycled book". Number two was that he had to interview in sweats, or at least be comfortable in "Levi's and a golf shirt". The third rule was that he wanted Strong to have his entire family there.
Once Jurich sat down in front of Strong, he opened up with his one and only question.
"Before we get started, do you want to be the head coach at Louisville?"
Taken aback a bit, Strong finally answered "Yes". They then spent the next five hours hashing out how they were going to build the program back up.
Listen to more of the story from Jurich below. Really fascinating stuff in here, and that story is just the tip of the iceberg.
Numerous reports throughout the day state that Charlie Strong is close to signing an extension to keep him at Louisville, and after hearing this behind the scenes story, it's easy to see why Strong feels so strong about Louisville and the people there. Strong weighs in on what makes Jurich a special person to work for at the 6 minute mark.