For those wondering if Charlie Strong is seriously considering leaving the Louisville Cardinals (the team that received a BCS bowl invitation to play the Florida Gators in the Sugar Bowl) for Auburn, Tennessee, or Arkansas, here’s your answer—at least according to one of the Cardinal’s most recent commits, Finesse Middleton.
Middleton, a 6-foot, 249-pound player, said U of L coach Charlie Strong was excited to get the news of his commitment on Sunday night after Middleton returned home. He said Strong – a name mentioned as a potential candidate for multiple coaching vacancies – told him he’d be staying at U of L, an assurance that Middleton wanted to get and sought out point-blank.
“He was like, ‘I ain’t going nowhere no time soon,” Middleton said. “… I asked him straight up if he was going to leave or had any intention of leaving, and he said, ‘no.’”
Middleton said he’d heard rumors that Strong could take the open coaching job at Auburn, in Middleton’s home state, and even though he said he’d possible go to any school where the coach is, he was not excited about the Tigers.
“I can’t stand Auburn,” he said. “… If he would have went, I would have went … but I’m glad it worked out this way (with Louisville). … He said he’s not going anywhere.” (Steve Jones, “Ala. DE Finesse Middleton flips pledge fron Ole Miss to UofL, says Strong is staying”, courier-journal.com, 12/2/12)