Football updates from Charlie Strong

Charlie Strong

University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong met with the media on Monday, following his team's open week. The Cardinals are 9-1 heading into Saturday's noon game against Connecticut.

University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong met with the media on Monday, speaking about a wide range of topics, including injuries, the rest of the season, conference realignment and coaching rumors.

Strong, whose team had an open week last week, has two games left in the season and can still win the Big East Conference title.

Here's a few snippets from Strong's news conference:

*Strong on the team's final two games – hosting Connecticut and at Rutgers – notes that "We control our own destiny." If the Cardinals win out, they are Big East champion and the BCS representative.

*Jeremy Wright will get most of the carries out of the backfield with redshirt freshman Corvin Lamb also being used. Since Senorise Perry is sidelined with a knee injury the rest of the season, Strong said Dominique Brown is "ready and available" is the team needs him one of the final two games.

*Linebacker Daniel Brown has been sidelined since the third game of the season with a knee injury. Brown "could be" back against Connecticut on Saturday and certainly will be in the lineup against Rutgers on Nov. 29.

*Strong said defensive end Lorenzo Mauldin's status is unknown. He could play against UConn after missing two games with the injury but "we're hoping to have him back for sure against Rutgers." He said same with defensive lineman DeAngelo Brown, who has now missed five games.

*Strong said Charles Gaines and B.J. Dubose are "still on the team," but won't return for the UConn game. The two have missed two consecutive games because of a suspension, per Strong.

*Strong was asked about conference realignment, noting that he "has to stay focused on what we're doing here. I try not to focus on that. I just know our AD and President will put us in the best position."

*And finally, Strong had the question about his name being mentioned as the next Tennessee coach and he laughed. Someone then said, "Do you like Rocky Top." He laughed again and said, "No, I have not heard from Tennessee. We have two games left, I have to finish out here. We have to take care of business."

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