When Clifford Snow announced he was leaving his position as Director of Football Operations at Kentucky to accept the exact same job at Louisville, admit it, you were confused. Probably even a little bit worried. Mostly, I think we all wondered: why?
As our dear friend Chip Cosby found out, contrary to popular belief, it has nothing to do with Snow’s affinity for Louisville’s burgeoning food truck movement and mediocre basketball. In the end, he just really loves Charlie Strong, with whom he worked for four years at South Carolina (he also worked there with Joker, but only for one year):
“I’ve worked with Charlie a little longer, but both of them are great guys. I got to spend a lot of time with Charlie while he was defensive coordinator (at South Carolina). To watch how he handled the defense and the players and coaches, you knew that he’d be successful and his time would eventually come. And we had talked in the past and it was one of those deals where we said, “If you ever get a head coaching job…. And the opportunity to work with him again was too good to pass up.”
Snow does admit that there were “some issues at UK that kept it from being the right fit for him,” but stressed that none of those issues involved Joker Phillips. In fact, he goes on to say that while he respects Joker and all he’s doing at Kentucky, “you want to be able to do your job to the best of your ability.” Hmmm…curious, very curious.
Snow is at least candid when discussing his “betrayal.”
“I’m sure there are fans who are thinking, ‘What is that moron doing?” he said “How could you leave Kentucky for Louisville and go from the SEC to the Big East. But the reality of the business is you’ve got to look at the big picture. Two good programs, two good coaches; two coaches you know and are familiar with. There’s only one director of football operations at each school, so opportunities to move are limited. You don’t really get to dictate when you can do that. When the Louisville job arose, it something I had to take a look at and I ultimately decided it was better to make a change at this point.”
Whatever. See you September 17th. Do us a favor–come out of the visitor’s tunnel, please.