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Dec 4, 2012 6:10 PM

Multiple Sources Say Tennessee Wants Strong

Louisville coach Charlie Strong has emerged as the front-runner to be the next head coach at Tennessee, multiple sources told ESPN.com on Tuesday.

Nothing has been finalized, and Louisville is expected to do what it can to keep Strong, who guided the Cardinals to a Big East Conference championship and an Allstate Sugar Bowl berth this season.

Strong, in his third season at Louisville, knows the SEC well. He was the defensive coordinator at Florida under Urban Meyer when the Gators won national championships in 2006 and 2008 and was also the defensive coordinator at South Carolina under Lou Holtz.

When asked Monday whether he could say definitively that he would be back at Louisville next season, Strong said, "I will say that at the right time."

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