Vance Bedford: 'I'm 54, and moving around does not excite me'
Posted by: Chris Vannini on December 31, 2012
It didn't take long for Louisville defensive coordinator Vance Bedford to get back to a BCS game.
In 2010, Bedford followed Charlie Strong to Louisville from Florida, and now the Cardinals will face the Gators in the Sugar Bowl.
Reflecting back, Bedford said he was really hard for him to leave as defensive backs coach in Gainesville.
"You know, it really wasn't (easy), because Urban (Meyer) wanted me to stay with him. And I had to make a decision," Bedford said. "Sitting down and talking to my wife, it was tough to make that decision. ... I told Charlie, 'You've been an outstanding defensive coordinator for a long time in this league. For me to come and work for you as a defensive coordinator, I'm going to lean on you and trust you.'
"He's been there the entire time with us. That's one of the reasons why we're playing great defense. He's a guy I can go to: 'What do you think about this, what do you think about that?' So we rode together, we're on the same page together, because of that we're sitting here today.'
With Strong passing on the Tennessee job to remain at Louisville, that said a lot to Bedford about what's important to his boss.
"One reason why I came with Charlie Strong is because this: His character," Bedford said. "When I went to work at Florida, I left Michigan, every morning at 7 a.m., Coach Strong would call his two daughters to wake them up, make sure they were ready to go to school. You're talking about a guy that's a family man. And when he talked about staying at the University of Louisville, it was about family. It was about the players. He thought about the coaching staff. He thought about their families. And that's important to me."
"I'm 54 years old, and moving around a lot does not excite me. Go ask my wife about moving around. When I first told her I was a coach, as a coach you could be in a place one to five years, 'Oh, yeah, I'm excited.' Ask her now. She's really excited about staying in the city of Louisville. We love this city. And Charlie Strong, he made a commitment to the University of Louisville. What he's saying to everybody in this country that this program is a top program in the country."
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