The University of Louisville has extended the contract of head football coach Charlie Strong through the 2018 season.

Strong, who led the Cardinals to the Beef O'Brady's Bowl in 2010, had four years remaining on his initial contract, which would have lasted through the 2015 season.

"I like the direction the program is going in," said Louisville athletics director Tom Jurich. "I've evaluated Charlie from A to Z and have been impressed how he handles this program. I like what he stands for and I'm impressed by his work ethic and passion."

Hired December 9, 2009, Strong inherited a program which had suffered two straight losing seasons. In 2010, he guided the Cardinals to a winning record (7-6) and a 31-28 victory over Southern Mississippi in the Beef O'Brady's Bowl.

Strong, a former defensive coordinator at Florida, has guided Louisville to a 2-4 record thus far this season.

"I told Charlie when I hired him that I wanted him to build a program and I'm excited by the future," said Jurich. "It's easy to see how the student- athletes have bought into his system both on and off the field. I think we have some great young talent in this program and they play very hard."