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Gameweek Louisville: The More You Know

October 29, 2010

Opponent: Looavull…Looeyville…Louisville Cardinals (4-3, 1-1 BIG EAST).

Kickoff: Saturday, October 30th, 12:00pm

Mascot: The Cardinal Bird…whose costume weighs over 50 lbs

Coach: Charlie Strong, who is the latest in the Louisville coaching carousel.  Strong is the 4th coach for the Cardinals in the last 12 years.  He is charged with digging the program out of the hole left by Steve Kragthorpe, who took a program that had made 9 straight bowl appearances and 2 Top 10 finishes straight to 3 losing seasons before being fired.  Good luck with that.

Conference: BIG EAST: New World Order.  Louisville came aboard the BIG EAST ship in 2005 fron Conference USA after Miami, Virginia Tech, and Boston College defected to the ACC (and Temple was kicked out).

Series: 6-7-0.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Louisville actually leads the series, since they ran off 7 straight wins from 1990-2007.

TV/Radio: Man, this is getting really old.  What is it now…the third consecutive week Pitt has been given the honor of the “BIG EAST Game of the Week” and the wonderful noon start that comes along with it?  So we guess that means you will again need to check your local listings or the affiliate list on the506.com to see if/where the game is going to be on.  In Pittsburgh, it’ll be on WTAE Channel 4.  If you don’t get it, you can always tune into ESPN3.com if your internet service provider paid a lot of money to ESPN for the rights to use the service so you can watch the game.  As far as the radio goes in Pittsburgh, you can also listen the Billy Hillgrove and Bill Fralic on 93.7 The Fan.

Bloggers: How many bloggers does it take to sort out Rick Pitino’s torrid affair?  Got three of them for you this week…U of L Card Game, Card Chronicle, and The Collision Course.  Of course they also cover Louisville football, but what fun is that?

Fun Facts: As mentioned earlier, there has been a coaching carousel in recent years at the U of L.  In fact, it has been going on for the better part of four decades at the school, ever since Frank Camp’s tenure ended (23 years, 118-95-2) in 1968.  So I guess we can blame the next coach for getting it started…

…our friend and yours, Lee Corso.  Corso coached the Cardinals for 4 seasons with a 28-11-3 record before jumping ship to Indiana (pictured above).  Turns out after ten seasons and a 41–68–2 record, Corso was fired by IU when his wife read it in the paper days after he was told by the university that his job was safe.  Guess that is where he came up with the phrase “No so fast my friend”…

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