The craziness of NCAA conference realignment continued yesterday, but finally fans of the University of Louisville are happy. This happiness stems not from winning a basketball game. This upswing in good feelings certainly does not come from the rash of injuries that have struck Gorgui and Teddy, two of Louisville’s best athletes, either. Instead, the happiness comes from a more simple source: Hope.
Before yesterday morning, the cardinals were stuck in the rapidly deteriorating conference known as the Big East. The Big East, which only a few years ago had been known as a power six conference, had been recently pillaged of almost all of the decent teams left. Pitt? Syracuse? West Virginia? Gone, gone, gone. In fact, after yesterday, only 3 teams remain in the Big East that were there 2 years ago: UCONN, Cincinnati, and South Florida. Hope that the University of Louisville could thrive in this environment and have a chance to compete for Football Championships was rapidly diminishing.
Suddenly, a great blessing was bestowed upon the University in the form of an invite into the Atlantic Coast Conference. The ACC offers opportunities that the Cardinals’ present home simply can not. A decent football conference, the best basketball conference, and a great home for all of the other sports that Louisville takes so much pride in. It also doesn’t hurt that the conference has quite a few wealthy and prestigious schools. Just think Duke.
Fortunately, the ACC needed the University of Louisville. Not for Academics. They had that. Not for Basketball. The ACC is already a good basketball conference, but Louisville does bring a very good team. The ACC needed Louisville for conference solidarity. Schools like Florida State, Clemson, and Virginia Tech want to compete for Football national championships, and with out another strong school to increase their strength of schedule it just wasn’t going to happen. If the ACC had added UCONN these schools would likely have tried their best to get out. Louisville adds a decent football program that has a respected coach and recent success.
Now Louisville has a top 10 basketball team, a strong football team that may be going to a BCS bowl if it can overcome it’s injuries, and even soccer team in the elite eight. The Louisville sports world looks bright, brighter than it has in some time. For the first time in several years fans are at peace. We no longer have to worry about being left in a dying conference.