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Charlie Strong compares Cards to 0-11 South Carolina team from 1999

During Charlie Strong’s press conference on Monday afternoon, the first-year head coach compared his team to a team that went 0-11.

Strong, who served on Lou Holtz’ staff at South Carolina in 1999, said this Louisville team is like that South Carolina team.

Strong stated,“I compare this football team to my first year at South Carolina in 1999. We were a bad football team, but then as the season went, we kind of got better each game. Then, the next two years we go win the Outback Bowl. With this football team, it is just that leadership is missing. Once you get some leadership into this program, and with the whole new coaching staff, you have guys who really do not know what to expect. With the practices, the guys were like, ‘Coach, we really did not know practice was going to be so hard.’ Once the coaches and players get to know each other better, then the program will be able to take off.”

“My biggest concern is they beat us the last three years, so they should have a lot of confidence because of what has happened in the past and we are one of those teams still searching for an identity of who we are right now and it is a team that will continue to build each game and get better each game.” 

Let’s hope for Strong’s sake that his Cardinals can score more than 10 points in a game this year. The 1999 South Carolina squad topped 10 points just twice during the season. 

Louisville hosts Kentucky at 3:30 pm EST on Saturday. ABC will broadcast the game.