Jurich to continue talks with Strong

Updated: December 6, 2009, 8:28 PM ET
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich said he spent "several hours" with Florida defensive coordinator Charlie Strong Sunday in Gainesville, as the two sides gauged each other's interest in the Cardinals' vacant head-coaching job.

"I was very, very impressed by him," Jurich said. "He's a quality guy."

However, Jurich said he did not offer the job to Strong. He said he anticipates continuing to discuss the position with Strong over the next day or two -- probably by phone, as Strong travels to Arkansas Monday as a finalist for the Broyles Award, given annually to the nation's top assistant coach.

"We've got a little more work to do," Jurich said. "I know Florida wants to keep him."

Florida is coming off a stinging loss in the SEC championship game to Alabama, in which Strong's No. 1-rated defense was gouged for 32 points and 490 yards of total offense. But that did nothing to dampen Jurich's interest in Strong.

Jurich spent last week doing research on candidates for the Louisville job. Among those who gave him a strong recommendation of Strong was former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy.

"Not a bad recommendation," Jurich said.

Louisville is seeking to replace Steve Kragthorpe, who was fired after three disappointing seasons.

Pat Forde is a senior writer for ESPN.com.