When Miami coach Randy Shannon was fired Saturday night, I instantly received numerous text messages from friends asking if they would go after Charlie Strong and the messages continued through Sunday so I’ll go ahead and offer some thoughts on the topic. Several national college football columnists have already thrown Charlie’s name out there as a possible candidate, although it is important to note it is PURE speculation.
Miami appears to be a very scary job opening. First of all, it’s the U. We all remember the dominant stretches they have had in college football and if anyone forgets, just watch the player introductions on pretty much every game on television where it seems virtually every player played at Miami.
Second, the extremely fertile recruiting ground in the Sunshine state is another attractive selling point. Strong and his staff have a long history of successful recruiting in the state of Florida and the thought of being right there in the thick of it at one of the most storied programs would give any coach something to think about. Seems like a no-brainer right?
As the insufferable Lee Corso would say, not so fast my friend.
Miami is not the dream job it appears to be on the surface. They have pretty poor football facilities and play in a stadium (Sun Life Stadium) about twenty miles from campus. In those two areas, Louisville quite frankly crushes the Hurricanes in those two areas. Also, the Hurricanes drew 27,000 (in a 73,000 seat stadium) people for Randy Shannon’s final game against South Florida.
As Louisville fans, we know how ugly attendance can get when the coach is on his way out, but 27,000 is awful. It looked bad at a pre-expansion Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. I can’t imagine how terrible it was at place with 73,000 capacity. Another thing to consider is the financial situation at Miami. The U is a private school that relies on fundraising by donors to pay their coaches. They will most likely be able to raise enough money, but it is not guaranteed.
At the end of the day, I would be shocked if Charlie Strong left Louisville after just one year. I think Charlie likes it here, realizes he can be in the BCS discussion quickly here, and will reward Tom Jurich, who he loves working for, for hiring him after 27 years as an assistant.
If Miami comes calling, I think Charlie would listen, but I don’t expect him to go anywhere.