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Report: Auburn interviews Louisville coach Charlie Strong

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Louisville's Charlie Strong is 23-15 after landing his first head coaching job in 2010. (AP) Louisville's Charlie Strong is 23-15 after landing his first head coaching job in 2010. (AP)

Charles Goldberg of al.com reports that Auburn University has interviewed Louisville's Charlie Strong for the Tigers' head coaching job.

Since Goldberg's report, Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel and Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports have both tweeted that Strong said he has not had any contact with Auburn.

Strong, a longtime SEC assistant, became the Cardinals' head coach in 2010, and has gone 23-15 since taking over for Steve Kragthorpe, who was fired after going 15-21 in three seasons.

Strong led Louisville to bowl games (1-1) in his first two seasons, and his team is 9-2 in 2012 with a chance to win the Big East Conference title by way of tiebreaker Thursday night when they visit Rutgers. A victory would also likely secure a BCS bowl berth, which has happened only once in school history after Bobby Petrino guided the Cardinals to an Orange Bowl win in 2006.

Louisville announced on Wednesday that they will leave their current conference to join the ACC next season.

Strong, 52, is the first candidate to have reportedly interviewed with Auburn, a team in need of a new coach following Gene Chizik being fired after four seasons on Sunday..

Florida State's Jimbo Fisher and Petrino are considered by many to be in the mix for the opening on the Plains. Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs is being assisted in the search by a three-man committee including Pat Sullivan, Bo Jackson and Mac Crawford.

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