Flush with joy after the biggest W of his short head coaching career — U of L 24, UK 17, if you’re just coming down from a 72 hour ecstasy trip — Charlie Strong was ebullient, even loquacious, when he met the press at noon today.
Some pertinent highlights from the presser:
* To acclimate his young squad, many of whom were playing their first away game, he changed his game day routine by conducting the team’s walk through at Commonwealth Stadium.
* He told the Cards before the game that the key would be if “our front 7 controls the game . . . on both offense and defense.” Another goal was to not let Morgan Newton “beat us with his feet.”
* “No turnovers” was critical to the win. And, he said, “We ran the ball.”‘
* Will Stein could have returned to the game. Because it was such an emotional one for the injured, starting QB, Strong allowed him to take the last snap. Strong was adamant he doesn’t “want to create a quarterback controversy,” indicating that Stein remains the starter.
* Asked about all the conference reshuffling, Strong said, “I have no thoughts on it at all.”
* Asked the silly question whether the W would help recruiting, Strong said, “We need to win. That helps recruiting.”
* Asked about the whistle from the stands play that was blown dead, Strong said, “I was pissed. It was going to be a big play for us.”
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Dexter Heyman is Big East Player of the Week.
SID Kenny Klein indicated that Tom Jurich has no plans for a press conference this week about league realignment. Asked if Jurich was “working the phones,” Klein smiled and nodded yes.
– Seedy K