When Charlie Strong came to the University of Louisville in 2010 there was a lot of excitement, but there was also a lot of questions–other than how long he would stay. And then Vance Bedford was introduced as the defensive coordinator there was not too many questions, this was a home run hire in terms of a coordinator.
Today it has been reported that Tom Jurich has interviewed Bedford for the open head coaching position. Some are saying that this is just a courtesy interview, out of respect for the job he has done the past four years. Reports also say that Strong wants to take him to Texas with him, but Bedford informed the Longhorns that he wanted to interview first. That to me sounds like a guy who wants to be here. Let’s look at why he should be considered and not just someone on the list.
Bedford came to Louisville as a coordinator with more experience than maybe even Strong did. He was the defensive back coach at Colorado State after a year of being an assistant coach at a junior college. He then went to Oklahoma State and Michigan as a defensive back coach. Then he spent five years with the Chicago Bears–can you say NFL experience. He was then a defensive coordinator at Oklahoma State, Florida and then of course Louisville.
The 55-year old Bedford did an amazing job at Louisville. Some fans may have made comments about our offense, but not too often was there anything said about the defense. Sure our competition wasn’t too tough this year, so the No.1 defense in the country could be disputed. But how about the game-plan he had against Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl or go back just a little further and look at the Sugar Bowl against Florida. Bedford is legit.
One of the reasons Strong’s leaving was so hard is that fans, players and Jurich were excited about where the program is. Recruiting has been getting better and better, the potential for the team now that they are in the ACC is endless and not to mention the academic integrity is fantastic. Bedford was a part of that. He will bring the same morals and intensity that has helped make the program where it is today.
Let’s also mention that the players love him.
In 2011 Bedford came into media day and gave a speech that almost deserved an alter call. His “Get On The Train” speech sold what Strong was doing better than what Strong could ever do. It excited a fan base to fall in love with the game of football again. Personally I am still sold on what he spoke of that day three years ago and that is why I say make the hire Mr. Jurich. Let’s keep the train moving.
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