Almost every athletic program at the University of Louisville has been on the up and up for the last few years. However, at this time last year the one thing that Louisville fans didn’t feel so confident about is conference affiliation.
When West Virginia was chosen over Louisville to join the Big 12 in 2011, panic ensued. That was believed to be last big opportunity for Louisville to get out of the free falling Big East. Fortunately for Louisville, an unexpected opportunity came their way when Maryland and Rutgers bolted their respective leagues to join the Big 10. That led to the ACC looking to add another team and the rest is history.
With all of the conference realignment that has gone on over the past few years, Louisville has without a doubt come out on the winning end. Considering how successful Louisville has been in basketball and football in recent years, the ACC is also a winner for adding the Cardinals.
Following the announcement of the ACC’s Grant of Rights Deal, Chip Patterson, a college football writer for CBS Sports.com posted the big winners from the conference realignment era. Louisville comes in at No.2.
Louisville’s rise to glory as an athletic department began with Howard Schnellenberger’s arrival in 1985, and was capped with a memorable six months that included a Sugar Bowl win over Florida, a men’s basketball national championship, a national championship game appearance in women’s basketball and a membership offer from the ACC. Under athletic director Tom Jurich, the Cardinals have won the “survival of the fittest” in conference realignment.
Patterson’s Top 6 Winners:
1) Texas A&M
4) Big 10
5) Big 12
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