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Fans left in limbo on Strong's future

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - While University of Louisville fans were certainly concerned about Thursday night's big game against Rutgers, the Charlie Strong watch became the talk of the town.

Most fans we talked to are hoping Strong stays to coach in the ACC, but with several job openings out there, they know anything can happen.

Thursday proved to be an up and down day on many levels for the Cardinal faithful.

The match-up with Rutgers was something fans had been waiting for, but just a day after UofL fans were excited to hear they are headed to the ACC, they were more focused on wondering if their football coach was going with them. That's after a report surfaced Wednesday that Charlie Strong or someone representing Charlie Strong interviewed with Auburn.

Tennessee and Arkansas make it three SEC openings and fans are wondering if Strong's name has been mentioned for all or any of them.

Thursday night before the game, Strong talked to ESPN, "I never did an interview, I don't even know where that story came from," he said.

Fan Logan Mccann said, "I think it's the SEC, they just want to do whatever they think they can do honestly, they think they can get any coach they want and it's obviously not true so Strong was pretty upset about it."

Callers lit up the phone lines of local sports radio shows like the Afternoon Underdogs with Tony Vanetti and Dave Jennings. "We've said before if you're going to have a successful football program at Louisville," Vanetti told listeners, "Your coach is going to be wanted and they're going to look at other places."

Strong may have made a statement, but don't expect the tweets and the speculation about the coach's future to end anytime soon.  

"The fact that so many people are recognizing him as a great coach is a testament to Tom Jurich," one caller said.

Vanetti added, "If the end game is he got us into a new conference then that's the story, but right now I think he deserves the benefit of the doubt."

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