I saw a mention of this on Twitter Wednesday and was not sure what to make of it. Former Ohio State running back Eddie George reportedly told a Nashville radio station he wanted to make a push for Louisville coach Charlie Strong to replace the recently departed Jim Tressel.
Several Louisville fan sites picked up on that little morsel. I think Strong would be a long-shot candidate at best for the position, even if George makes a strong push for him. First, you have to think Ohio State will go after a big-name coach. That football job is one of the top spots in the entire country, and fans are expecting the Buckeyes to be able to have their pick of whoever they want.
Strong did a great job in Year 1 at Louisville, but he did go 7-6 and only has one year of experience as a head coach. Second, Strong is making huge strides with the Cardinals not only on the field but in recruiting, where he signed the top class in the Big East. Strong has extremely strong ties to the Southeast. He has made Louisville a major player in South Florida, forming a big-time pipeline. Strong has no known ties to Ohio or the Midwest.
Third, you get the feeling that Strong wants to build Louisville and be committed to Louisville -- the school that finally gave him a shot at being a head coach after he waited 27 years for the opportunity. There is something to be said for that.
On the flip side, Ohio State would be getting a proven winner, a man who knows how to recruit and coach. I truly believe part of the reason the Gators struggled last year was because Strong was gone. Experience as a head coach is sometimes overrated. That did not stop Florida from hiring Will Muschamp, who has no experience as a head coach.
All I am taking away from what George said is this: It is extremely flattering that one of the best players in Ohio State history thinks so highly of Strong that he wants him to be considered as the next Buckeyes coach.