2013 Sugar Bowl: Florida players still fond of Charlie Strong

Andy Lyons

Louisville's head coach recruited and coached most of the Gators upperclassmen when he was as a part of Urban Meyer's staff.

Charlie Strong has wasted little time turning around the Louisville football program. When he took over in 2010, they were coming off three consecutive losing seasons. Three years later, he has them playing in a BCS bowl game.

That's not a surprise to any who watched him coach at Florida from 2002-2009, where he left his fingerprints all over the Gators program as a defensive coordinator, head coach and recruiter.

He helped bring many of the current Florida upperclassmen to Gainesville, and the players he coached still remember him fondly (courtesy of Florida Today):

"Man, he's a great coach, man," Florida senior safety Josh Evans said. "It's a guy who knows his stuff, so it was fun. I mean I'm pretty sure it is going to be a great game. He's a great coach. He's got a good defense coming into this game and a good offense, so it'll be very competitive."

At the age of 52, Strong is one of the rising stars in the coaching business, as Louisville had to fend off a determined effort by Tennessee to hire him this off-season.

He could take the next step with a victory over Florida in the Sugar Bowl, although a lot of his old players could have something to say about that.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SB Nation Tampa Bay

You must be a member of SB Nation Tampa Bay to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Tampa Bay. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Tampa Bay

You must be a member of SB Nation Tampa Bay to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Tampa Bay. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.