Florida led Strong to Louisville

Originally Published: December 28, 2012
By Andrea Adelson | ESPN.com

The ties that bind Charlie Strong to the University of Florida all began in a little office in the early 1980s in Arkadelphia, Ark., home to one of the better NAIA programs during that time.

Strong sat in front of Henderson State coach Sporty Carpenter, a mentor he had come to know during his own playing days at Central Arkansas, some 90 miles up the road. The phone rang. It was Dwight Adams, an assistant at Florida, looking for a graduate assistant.

"I have the guy for you," Carpenter ...

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